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Checa Romero Architects "makes the most" of small brick house by extending in every direction

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Checa Romero Architects "makes the most" of small brick house by extending in every direction Checa Romero Architects "makes the most" of small brick house by extending in every direction

Checa Romero Architects "makes the most" of small brick house by extending in every direction

Architect Curro Checa Romero has refurbished and extended a 1980s house in east London, more than doubling its interior dimensions and creating a series of light-filled spaces with an improved connection to the rear garden.

The Grim House was named for architect Checa Romero's partner, Deborah Grim, who bought it over three years ago and had planned a loft conversion to add to the original 55 square metres of floor space.
The architect convinced her that further extensions would be needed to accommodate their growing family (the couple has had three daughters since work commenced) and set about extending to the front, side and rear of the building, as well as into the loft and basement.

"From being a small loft conversion, it became a much larger project in terms of scale and timeline," Checa Romero told Dezeen. "By extending in all directions we really managed to make the most of what was a very small house."
The architect said the name of the house also references "the grim brick and dark wooden box you see from the outside, which transforms into a white space flooded with light when you enter."

The property located just east of Brick Lane in the Spitalfields area of London is positioned on the end of an bland brick terrace and originally had a side passage connecting the small gardens to the front and rear.
Working within the permitted development rights, the side passage was incorporated into the building and the additional extensions bring the total floor area to around 135 square metres.
The house's standard two-up, two-down arrangement meant that the front door opened into a cramped hallway with the combined dining area and kitchen positioned facing the road outside.
Checa Romero removed all of the internal walls and reconfigured the interior so the entrance is now where the side passage used to be and the staircase is rotated 90 degrees.

Opening the front door now provides a view straight along a spine corridor that leads to the rear garden. The extended kitchen and dining space, which opens onto the sheltered outdoor patio, are situated behind the staircase and a core containing a washroom.

"In a typical Victorian house you are confronted with the staircase, whereas here you actually come into a room and you have to find the staircase after," said the architect.
"Moving the kitchen to the rear offers the advantages of being south-facing and we incorporated four different doors to the garden room so you can open it up in different ways throughout the day."

The single-storey rear extension is clad in pre-weathered steel, which Checa Romero fabricated in his own workshop. He also built a pergola, barbecue, dining table and a water feature that transform the compact urban garden into a functional extension of the building.
To provide access for the digger used to excavate the new foundations, part of the front facade was removed and replaced with a box clad in vertical strips of timb...


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Fecha de publicación: 10-11-2017 21:46
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