When Thomas Griem and his family purchased an Arts & Crafts home, they were undeterred by the run-down rooms which had gone largely unaltered for some 50 years. “The communal garden was a huge draw,” says Thomas. “It was too good an opportunity to miss.

“I knew I wanted to extend from the outset in order to make the most of the ground floor and the connection with the garden,” says Thomas, an interior architect. “But the house lies within a Conservation Area where a contemporary extension would almost certainly not have been allowed.” Skip to the remainder of the story.

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Sleek units from Leicht and contemporary furniture lend a modern edge to the 1912-built home

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Blue Limestone worktops and a carrara marble splashback bring texture to the kitchen. Appliances are from Gaggenau

His subsequent plans for an interior remodel and traditional-style addition would provide scope for a spacious kitchen/diner, but be entirely sympathetic to the vernacular.

So seamless is the extension – sat beneath a steep, sloping roof – it’s barely recognisable as a new addition. But the extra 18m² of space provided, together with a remodel scheme, has radically changed the interiors.

Sleek gloss Leicht units – fitted by Gemima Design – lend a contemporary edge in the new kitchen. Blue limestone worktops and a carrara marble splashback bring texture to the room.

The entire project, which involved a complete overhaul of the house too, took 10 months, with the family living nearby for the duration. Thomas was on site at least once a week to oversee proceedings.

“The contractor sourced a new brick to match that used on the existing house, and it was approved by the conservation officer. However, once we’d starting building the side wall, the brick didn’t look quite right. I called the officer back out and he agreed,” explains Thomas, who subsequently sourced 1,000 reclaimed bricks to finish the remaining wall.

Instead of knocking down the wall, Thomas hired a brick staining specialist who stained the new bricks to blend in with the reclaimed. “The stain saturates the bricks, meaning they will not lose their new surface colour as they weather,” Thomas concludes.

Photographer: c/o TG Studios

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