Timber Rib House
Enfield Conservation Area One Storey Rear Extension

Enfield, North London
Internal area:
131m² (17m² Increase)
Internal reconfiguration and single storey rear extension within conservation area.

Overview of Timber Rib House, Rear Extension in Enfield Conservation Area

The client wanted more storage space, better layout to allow the aspect of open plan whilst maintaining the ability to compartmentalise the spaces.

The house originally built in the 1860s and situated within Enfield’s Chase Side Conservation Area. Although not listed, the property has been identified as a a building of significant interest by the Local Authority.

The Enfield’s Conservation Area requirements limits rear extensions to 3m from the original façade of the property.

We were able to gain planning for a new 4m rear extension which allows a better use of space for the reception area. The existing conservatory would be replaced with a new study area for the growing children.

During the summer, the doors for the living room and study area can open to the rear garden which incorporates outdoor dining space.

The kitchen has been moved to create a larger dining area and a central utility space.

Pocket sliding doors allows the spaces to be both connected or enclosed.

Every inch of space has been designed to create additional storage throughout the house.

A walk on skylight at the top of the stairs, allows much needed natural light to penetrate the central entranceway. 

Additional celestial windows have been punctured into the front study space to illuminated the existing entrance corridor.

The materials were carefully selected to be in keeping with the original building and not detract from the character of the building.

White card concept models were initally creates to develop and test site massing and formsto how they relate to the original 1860’s property.

Extensive research was done to investigate the likelihood of the various extensions and their success rate if a granted application during planning and a flow chart created to show the cost and time implication of these.

We worked with a Heritage consultant and Planning consultant to review the early designs to gauge the risk factor or the designs which helped the clients to form their decision.

Daylight Analysis simulations were conducted to ensure minimal impact to the neighbours windows. This included the land typography as well as detailed modelling of the neighbouring properties to create an accurate represntation of the light levels to the neighbouring properties to ensure that our proposal had minimal impact on their “Right of Light”. The results of the light simulations helped inform the pitch of the roof to minimise any changes of light levels.

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"We would highly recommend the services of Studio Colab to anyone seeking a professional, hands-on, and inspired service. We worked collaboratively with Fabian, whose determined and clear approach was so welcomed when sourcing out a quality architect with a shared vision to help see our contemporary house extension through planning. Ours was a relatively small project involving designing and seeking planning approval for a ground floor single height extension in North London. And despite Studio Colab having worked on much larger and more expensive projects, we were encouraged by their aesthetically intoxicating designs and uncompromising enthusiasm to deliver as equally good a service on our limited budget. Fabian was unwavering in his attention to detail in both drawing up designs and sourcing all the necessary information and agents required to get our application over the line, which succeeded on first application! We could not be happier with our choice."
Emi & Kris
Timber Rib House Clients

Videos of Timber Rib House

Timber Rib House: BEFORE

Timber Rib House: PROPOSED