The extension allows for opening up of the interiors of the DA Residence, which provide a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, storage space and sheltered terrace for the client.
Space was maximised by clever use of clean and stripped back furnishings, including a unique double-width single sliding door at the upper landing which is used to close off either the bedroom or compact ensuite.
A new internal staircase leading to the extension was stacked above the existing one with the reinforced concrete stair balustrade modified to create an integrated continuity between floors.
Substantial natural light has been brought in the property without reducing privacy. This was achieved through construction of several rooflights, a full-height vertical slot installed alongside the staircase and glass sliding doors for the master bedroom to take in views of nearby Lloyd Park.
The modernist feel of the home and interiors is a nod to the flat's origins, being built during the 1950s to replace those destroyed by bombing from World War 2. The local area is part of the pioneering Warner Estate, built over the late 19th and early 20th Century in several parts of Waltham Forest.
deDraft Director Grant Straghan said of the project ‘As a Walthamstow resident myself, the DA Residence is a project we're extremely proud to have worked on. We've delivered a distinct extension using a challenging material that will stand the test of time. The weathering steel is intended to grow into it's local area, just as this extension provides a bigger home for the client to grow into as a family'.
DA Residence is shortlisted for New London Architecture's Don't Move Improve 2018 Awards, showcasing London's best and most innovative new home extensions.