Stepping down into the drop-down kitchen, living and dining room feels akin to a breath of fresh air, greeting you with a full-height view of the garden. “I fell in love with the beautiful garden; it has the feel of a historic walled garden in the centre of London, and to be able to look out onto it from a modern interior is a visual delight,” Robert says.

The architects’ bespoke solid ash dining table informed the restrained colour palette of the rear extension. The addition has a sober and textural palette of Jura Beige limestone, solid ash Dinesen flooring and soft linen sheers.

The design team achieved a steady dialogue between old and new through tactile materials with cohesive colouring. “While the details we chose are contemporary in the modern extension and more traditional in the period rooms, the colour used in each is the consistent and harmonising feature,” Robert explains. The notion of traditional-meets-contemporary continues through to the master bathroom with a modern square sink carved from Carrara marble.


Robert Thake says the most surprising outcome of the overall design is the practicality and simplicity of the new space. By abandoning any form of the unnecessary, Barrowgate Road is filled with an enveloping sense of serenity in the heart of London.

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