This project aimed to open up the house to the garden, creating a seamless transition with minimum impact. Kitchen and garden are intended to feel as one space by eliminating distinctions between inside and outside.
entrance hallway, kitchen and garden only.
The site is located at 19 Mayfield Road in Crouch End. It is a mid-terrace, late Victorian house situated on the south-west side of the road, flanked on the south by Ridge Road, and on the north by Weston Park, both streets of a local character. Immediately across the road to the east is a playground; Denton Road, and to the west Inderwick Road, have a similar arrangement of Victorian terrace houses.
An assessment of the area provided the architect Luis Trevino with an understanding of the local character and particular site circumstances such as: topography, sun trajectory/orientation, prevailing winds, views, access, scale and appearance, which helped him make an informed decision as to what was most suited in this context.
This design opens up the kitchen to the garden and creates a seamless transition between them through a rear extension that with minimum impact is able to enable and promote use of the garden, bring natural daylight into the kitchen and allow the garden to be perceived as a continuation of the domestic space.
The design was based on surface area extensions, giving the client an array of scales with which he could feel comfortable, both physically and in terms of budget, and at the same time keeping within the parameter of permitted development to avoid a full planning application.
The final option was laid out to convey the brief, responding by extending rearwards with an element not originally present, and also responding to the overall massing of the house. This extruded volume creates several independent spaces that merge the inside of the kitchen with a patio space and garden.
The design makes use of glass, mirrors and unobstructed sightlines to create a sense of seamlessness, openness and a lack of barriers or divides. Consequently the place has the feel of an open area, where the kitchen/dining area and garden are perceived as one living area.
The client reports that their use of the house has changed dramatically, with the kitchen now the focal point of the house, and with the garden incorporated into daily living to a much greater degree than felt possible previously.
The use of a limited palate of simple materials enabled the project to focus on the quality of design and architectural needs whilst meeting the clients' budgetary needs.