We designed a 19.5 sq.m rear extension for a Victorian House in Telegraph Hill, a conservation area in south-east London. The clients wanted to create a room with as much light as possible, maximising views to the garden and the tree at the end of it.
The refurbishment of the interior included a bathroom clad in tadelakt, and a new kitchen.
We also converted the existing cellar into a basement flat, lowering the floor level to create pleasant ceiling heights, and maximising light and storage.
“My basement is a small space that I wanted to turn into a self-contained studio flat and I am so glad I got Martha in. Of course there were the technical difficulties of which I had no knowledge: problems with drainage and manholes and digging out about a metre of earth, all of which Martha handled with the builder. But, from my point of view, it was the actual design of the space that I appreciated the most. Martha came up with such an ingenious solution, fitting the bedroom into a side space so that it can be both exposed and hidden behind a curtain, as wanted. The whole place now is perfect and the very best it can be.
My extension is the most beautiful space I have lived in. I asked Martha for something a little different, but that would still complement the original Victorian kitchen. The old part of the kitchen is dark and I wanted a place where the sun would shine in for much of the day, in spite of being west-facing. She gave me several options but the first was the best – inspired by a Victorian greenhouse with great panes of glass in the roof and a beautiful modern bay window with a window seat big enough to rent on airbnb. Of course it is the place where our family spends the most time, and I could not be happier with it.
Martha was easy to work with and happily acceded to our budget. I would recommend her to anyone.”
Vanessa St Clair