Chiswick High Road

Conservation / Refurbishment / Basement

Client: Confidential
Completion: 2017

The existing house on Chiswick High Road is a three storey (plus basement) end of terrace town house. It was originally designed by the architect and builder John Blore and completed in 1838. It now has a listed status. With the exception of the roof, the property is structurally sound and comprises a fine example and unique premises in a desirable area of west London. The property is currently in a worn condition.

The proposal is to completely refurbish and restore the existing building and replace the existing garage type structure to the rear with a new single storey extension, with basement underneath it. This will return the building to a single family dwelling house.

It is also proposed to build an annex building in the plot to the rear that would be accessed from both the property and the mews lane to the rear. The proposed annex will be designed and constructed to the highest environmental standards and will aim to be Passive House certified.

Materials are chosen and specified foremost to be natural. Consequently they have a tactile quality as well as being self finished and durable. Materials are chosen for their robustness, durability and non-toxicity. They will need to have long life spans with low embodied energy and the potential to recycle at the end of their use. The use of a timber structure also ‘locks’ up carbon in the building for the entire life of the building.