An award-winning new build home (Best Home Haringey Design Awards 2012) that makes maximum use of light and space on a tight urban site.
About the site
The homeowners found the plot of land by walking around Crouch End and identifying possible sites. They traced the ownership of the plots on the Land Registry website and wrote to 8 owners. One wrote back, and eventually agreed to sell the land, which had planning permission for a bungalow.
The homeowners worked with the architect to develop a scheme that would maximise a tight site on a residential street. The aim was to create a single storey house with a basement built around a courtyard garden, as they could not get planning permission for a 2 storey house.
The result is a house which is filled with natural light year-round and consists of an open-plan kitchen, diner and lounge, master bedroom and en suite wet-room, study and patio garden on the ground floor. A light well fills the basement with natural light which includes two children’s bedrooms, a family bathroom and utility room.
The construction of the ground and basement property took 7.5 months in total – one month over schedule but far ahead of expectations.
75 piles were sunk before excavation of basement. Basement constructed using tanked blockwork to prevent water ingress, with a pump system. Ground floor construction is rendered blockwork. The flat roof is wooden, and ventilation is minimal which means the property’s temperature stays stable most of the year.
The homeowners designed the interior themselves. Products were sourced from a variety of suppliers and from the family's’ year long trip around the world in 2016/17. The aim was to achieve a minimalist, yet warm feel as they wanted to ensure that the property became their home, rather than a show-house.
Land purchase: October 2010
Planning permission granted: December 2010
Garages knocked down: May 2011
Builders appointed: August 2011
Construction started: September 2011
Moved in: May 2012