Hearth House
Golders Green, London, 2008-9

Redevelopment of a decrepit Edwardian house to create a new family home for a couple and their three teenage sons.

Removing a first floor bathroom creates a triple height space that brings daylight into the centre of the house. A poured concrete hearth at the bottom of the space provides a focal point for family life. The reclaimed parquet timber floor is used for the concrete formwork creating domestic associations for an industrial material.

The stair samples diverse styles to meet changing needs. From ground to first it is a grand stair with Edwardian reproduction spindles. From first floor to the landing a laser cut ply negative of the lower stair provides privacy to the teenagers retreating to their bedrooms. From the landing to the new attic a Modern open tread stair ensures light from above can filter down. The three samples are synthesized with jasmine white paint.


Golders Green, Barnet, London

Structural Engineer
HRW Engineers

John Perkins Projects

David Grandorge

Further Reading

The Independent
building review

British Interior Design
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