.Mona Road, London SE15
Construction Cost: £100k
Duration: 22 weeks - Winter 2019
Borough: LB Lewisham
The property is a Victorian mid terrace home located just off of the Queens Road in Peckham.
The initial brief looked to relocate the existing ground floor bathroom to the existing 3rd bedroom, and at the same time replace this 3rd bedroom by converting the attic. Based on the available budget, and the extent of works required through the rest of the property, it was agreed to focus the initial budget on the existing accommodation and maximise the function and performance of the existing property, with any further extension in the attic put aside for a future phase of work.
Despite this refocussing of the brief and budget - due to the condition of much of the existing fabric (both rear & side extensions were in very poor condition) together with requiring new kitchen, bathroom, WC, utility, windows and extensive decoration & storage throughout, the budget was still stretched and therefore the decision was made to retain the existing side & rear extensions, upgrading re-insulating & damp-proofing as required. For practical purposes it was then decided to re-clad the side extension with pre-patinated zinc in order to fully weather this element, and also to provide a sufficiently workable material to deal with the numerous awkward junctions present.
After these key strategies were agreed, the principle objective was to reconfigure the whole ground floor in order to provide a simple modern open plan kitchen & dining space, with significantly improved visual connection to the rear garden, and also a direct physical connection with the double reception space. A ground floor WC & utility was also accommodated, accessed from the hallway, in order to keep these functions separate from the main living spaces.
At first floor a new bathroom was provided with separate shower enclosure and airing cupboard. New Idealcombi composite windows were provided to bathroom and 2nd bedroom (to the rear of the house), with new double glazed sash windows to the main bedroom and front reception (to the front of the house). A new heating system was incorporated with new modern column radiators to all rooms. As usual a select palette of standard materials and products were used to provide a coordinated, high performance & cost effective finish.
Building Control: Assent South East
Engineer: DEC Consulting Engineers Ltd
Contractor: London Dream Building