nimtim were approached by a professional couple who wanted to convert their Victorian terrace from two flats back into a single dwelling.
A thoughtful and considered approach was required due to the location of the house that didn’t compromise any elements of the client’s brief.
nimtim employed colour and pattern throughout the house including new elements to create a distinctive and unique home that is boldly contemporary but also respectful of its context. A simple side extension was created with a continuous rooflight including openable and fixed elements to bring light into a new, large kitchen and dining area. Timber framed doors open out onto the garden; framing views and giving a better connection between inside and outside. At the centre of the ground floor, a separate utility area and shower room are created and the large reception room at the front opens out, with tall sliding pocket doors, onto the entrance hallway.
Red brick is used on the rear elevation to match existing bricks on the front of the house. This redefines the house as having two principle elevations; one facing the street, the other addressing the garden - better reflecting the way that the clients will use and imagine their new home.
Pattern is used as an important design feature internally and externally. The bricks on the rear elevation are laid in a contemporary stack bond which folds down to form the garden terrace that leads down onto the lawn. Pattern and colour are also used playfully internally and the tiling in the three new bathrooms is laid in unusual patterns with colourful grout to highlight the unique- ness of each bathroom whilst maintaining a relationship between them.A new herring-bone parquet floor is introduced across the ground floor to draw visitors through the entrance hall and into the new living space at the rear. A new staircase picks up on the strong vertical and horizontal patterns with vertical balusters stretching up to a ‘silent and dark’ first floor.