Project name: Peckham Rye House
Interior Design: Draper Studio
Location: London, United Kingdom
Photography: Christian Brailey
Description from architect firm Draper Studio:
Peckham Rye House is a rear ground floor extension, internal refurbishment and landscaping of a rear garden to an Edwardian terraced house in South East London. The client brief set out to achieve a simple, cost efficient but design-led rear extension in which to better engage with the rear garden and existing garden room. Cost effective and hard-wearing ‘self-finished’ materials were carefully selected and pared back to a few: oak, glass and concrete to create feelings of warmth and robustness.
The design responded with a full width, single storey rear extension wrapping around the side and extended further into the rear garden. The rear facade had to have a large opening and be predominantly glazed to maximise views and flow with the rear garden. The rear facade walls return to house either cabinetry or provide a space to dwell across all the seasons. Key to all this was to use as many self finished materials from easily obtainable ‘highstreet’ and ‘trade’ sources as possible – they also needed to be inexpensive and readily available to hit budget and programme!
Working closely with a structural engineer, standard gauge steels were specified along with standard section size, pre-planed American oak beams to form the rear extension enclosure, thereby enabling a simple deck above that could be insulated, waterproofed and internally drained with no visible rainwater goods. The expression of the timber super structure, gave additional head height to the constrained site and highlights how the building is made.
The bricks chosen were one of the lowest cost bricks available on the market which meant more budget could be assigned to playful details such as mortar profiles to cast shadows and reliefs. The concrete floors were poured so that a flush level between outside and in could be achieved – the fiscal cost of the concrete came on the day of the pour rather than the material quantity, so it became more viable to do outside as well as inside at the same time. The result is a visual trick – the space looks larger by continuity of materials inside and out. The kitchen cabinetry, with the design finalised as the UK was about to enter lockdown, meant that instead of going down a pre-assembled route for carcasses and fronts as planned, an alternative solution had to be sought to fabricate bespoke, on site in order to maintain the client’s move in date. The client moved in on time.