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Transformation of a cramped end of terrace into a larger, contemporary space for a growing family. Taking some cues from the existing brick terrace and taking full advantage of the lack of a ‘traditional’ context, we slipped the entrance to the side, so that the ample (for London) front garden previously underused as an entrance became a key part of the scheme. ZMA created a clear connection between the open plan living space and external gardens by moving the front garden entrance to the side, allowing the front garden to be a more private space. The design was driven by the plot orientation whereby morning and evening light penetrated the gardens, allowing the family to always enjoy natural light. The aesthetics of the building played complement to the existing post war terrace but also, with double height spaces and full height windows, enhanced the existing form.

The project is featured as part of the Inside Out Homes series produced for Channel 4.

LOCATION: London

PROJECT COST: £282,000

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Romala Design Ltd

MAIN CONTRACTOR: Bygga Construction Ltd

PHOTOGRAPHER: Andy Matthews

Zac Monro Architects are an award winning, design lead architectural practice based in Brixton, South London, and have been practicing in the UK and abroad since 1995.  The nature of our work is diverse: from small-scale interventions to masterplanning. What we specialise in is attention to detail. Having quietly built-up a reputation on small-scale extensions and renovations, we are also experienced in new-build housing, commercial office projects, and public works.

Keen to push for excellence in the difficult environment of the construction industry, we respect, value and encourage collaborative involvement in the design process, from the client to the community, which we consider to be crucial to our work.

Picked up by Channel 4 after an appearance on Grand Designs, ZMA renovated a number of homes across Britain to create homes and outside spaces that unlock the potential of living inside and out, demonstrating that altering a home can transform the lives of 12 families for the better. You can find the full ‘Inside Out Homes’ series here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-out-homes