Sheen Park is a modern light-filled family home, created from the transformation and extension of a dilapidated 1940s semi-detached property. It is a house for display and curiosity, containing objects created by the clients, including professionally, with one of them a product designer.
The centerpiece of the whole house and landscaping project is an open plan kitchen, living and dining-room which includes a 7m clear span timber-frame extension. The end facade is clad externally with cedar battens contrasting with the sides and roof, wrapped in grey standing-seam metal.
The project brief sought a celebration of structure and thus exposed and paired timber A-frames, pinned with metal apex plates, create a rhythm that envelopes the space, oversailing in dramatic fashion from one side to the other. These are bookended with exposed brick, from the painted walls of the original house to the new header brick wall at the garden end.
With the desire for comfort and partial privacy the rear elevation was formed into distinct sections - a dining bench nook backing onto the timber frame opens onto a glazed set of garden doors and fixed lights, before returning with a brick wall to a secluded sitting area. The wall adds texture, further enhanced with lime mortar, thermal mass and a heat-proof backing to the fireplace without the need for additional material.
The spaces contained within are flexible for both family and working life. Large birch plywood doors fold and slide back to reveal a hideaway home study. Here it becomes immediately apparent, if it wasn’t from the displays held on purpose built shelves between the extension studs, that the client is a designer. Radios from past projects and prototypes from existing projects are housed whilst pendant lights created in the clients spare time hang over the island and dining table. These, formed from both the interlocking of acid etched metal or laser cut recycled felt, then feature throughout the house, which along with the use of birch and oak give a consistency and calmness to all spaces.
Survey / Concept Design / Planning / Detailed Design / Tendering / Contract Administration / Joinery Design / Interior Design
2019 - 2022
J Friis Consulting Structural Engineers
Awards & Press
Best Renovation in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023
- The Times
- 25 Beautiful Homes
- Living Etc