A deteriorating former stable/coach house, previously converted into a one-bedroom house, was at the centre of this project in Portobello. In turning it into an extended family home, respecting the character of the building was a priority and alterations to the principal elevation were minimised.
Materiality was key with as much brickwork retained as possible. The south- east wall was demolished and rebuilt to ensure its structural integrity and physically tie it in to the new extension. Timber cladding was chosen to distinguish new elements whilst paying reference to the original stable doors. The decision to char the timber increased longevity but also loosely reflects historical use of the site by a coal merchant.
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