The architectural process - a client's perspective

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We worked with Frederik and Emily at R2 Studio for an extension, remodelling and full refresh of our tired Victorian mid-terrace house. Our brief was to create a new heart to our home, with a larger kitchen and much more light; removing dead space; creating more work space, given 2 of us are working at home, and adding a guest room.

Frederik kicked off the design process with innovative ideas that we found kept the character of house unique, which we loved about the space when we bought it 18 years ago. Emily then took over and her eye for design and colour and has given the refreshed house an interesting and cohesive look. The pair's vision and eye for the original and attention to detail has left us with a wonderful home with a wow factor.

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The project incorporated a void in what had been a small, rather dull rear reception room, which gave us a double height book case which opened the house up and created a sense of space. We also had a small extension (constrained by being in a conservation area), with an innovative, glass construction, which maximises light and brings connection to the garden. 

A utility room became a bright art studio; a corridor became a guest bathroom, and what had been a rather dark art studio, became a lovely guest bedroom/ laundry drying space when there are no guests. The colour palette is beautiful and the light and openness is truly remarkable. It's a space that works for the whole family and allows for the changes in how we live and work post lockdown. 

 R2 studio managed the project for us with Anke from the practice also keeping us on track with all the decisions we needed to make and managing the detail of the choices we needed to make into the design and plans. R2 worked really well with the builders, RMC, who they helped find, through a tender process. We couldn't be happier. (photos by the talented Andy Stagg)

Kirsten and Felix

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