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Church Avenue

Beckenham, London

Designcubed were commissioned to build a family home on a back garden plot which had a difficult planning history having twice been refused planning with other architect’s schemes. The design contours the house to the 3m change in level across the site. Entered via a sliding gate from the street opening out onto an upper courtyard, the top level of the house contains 3 bedrooms and a study. A central staircase runs down into an open plan lower level containing living room with woodburner, kitchen/diner and snug/garden room. The design is camoflaged with a green roof, and pergola planted with climbing vines.

Light is brought into the house via a striking linear skylight running the length of the boundary wall, over the staircase and finishing where the house ends. This creates a spine of light which penetrates the entire house. Windows have been carefully placed to frame the surrounding trees, creating a peaceful, woodland feel. The downstairs living area features floor to ceiling windows that flow outside with long views of the terrace, stream and woodland beyond.

Planning granted via appeal 2016.

As a first time self-builder the help we received from Designcubed was beyond the design fee and duty of an architect and was very much appreciated in delivering this most wonderful house.

I would certainly recommend them to anyone considering taking on their own project Lennie O’Connor

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