Wrentham Avenue

"We love our house, as does everyone who comes in, from the wife of an architect friend who told us she has "house envy", to the mortgage valuer who said he wasn't supposed to comment on properties, then added, "But it's wonderful!" We didn't know Martyn before we engaged him, but over the project he became not just a trusted adviser but a friend. If there are architects out there who deliver unworkable plans/go over budget/vanish from sight when the inevitable building challenges arise, Martyn is the polar opposite. He got stuck in from planning to snagging (and everything in between) and we are thrilled with the results."

Anna Rentoul


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Acquired as two flats the owners needed an additional planning permission for a change of use back to a single dwelling. A complete external and internal renovation was undertaken and the two flats knitted back into one house. 

At ground floor level the property was extended both outward into the garden and into a tight 1.5m side return. The split level between the main body of the house and the rear section made the linkage between front and back challenging. Rather than create, a physical link which would eat up too much precious space, a visual link was created by lifting the structural glazed rooflight and creating a 4m high glass lantern to the back of the existing house. A large screen, disguised as part of the wall, separates the front and back revealing a glazed balustrade when open.

The kitchen has a material palette of polished concrete flooring with stainless steel and oak worktops. Extensive remodeling of both front and rear gardens was undertaken including a large TV den garden studio. 

Queen's Park NW10

Completed 2013

Contract duration 36 weeks

Garden, Extension, Conservation, Refurbishment