Grand Designs, 2006

Grand Designs, 2006

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If the thought of adding a modern, glass extension to your traditional house sounds too daring for you, take a look at this family home in South London. The elegant yet radically contemporary extension adds another dimension to the Victorian four-storey building and might just change your mind.

At first, Natalie Charles, a garden designer, and her husband Peter Edwards, a lawyer, only wanted to revamp the kitchen. ‘But we knew that we wanted to live here indefinitely so we thought it would be worth spending some money on making our home perfect,’ says Natalie. This meant that the couple didn’t have to worry about impressing potential buyers when deciding on a style for their extension – they could throw caution to the wind. ‘We both wanted a modernist extension,’ adds Natalie, ‘there was never any doubt about that. And I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we like it.’

What’s not to like? Walnut wooden floors sweep down from the spacious hallway to the extension and into a light-filled space. The feel is clean, airy and peaceful. By choosing a design with an inner courtyard, mostly glass walls and a roof dotted with sizeable skylights, the couple have managed to pull light into the heart of the extension.

Natalie came up with the idea of a courtyard with its water feature and plants. ‘I wanted there to be some fresh air in the house, and some kind of division between the extension and the main house,’ she says. The couple’s architect, Manuel Nogueira of AndArchitects, suggested circular skylights which, as well as injecting light, also introduce welcome curves into a room characterised by its angles.

The main focus of the extension is the glass floor-to ceiling doors that peel back to transform the space into a garden room in the summer."