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Begent Architecture - Holland Grove

Begent Architecture

Extensive remodelling and renovation of an Edwardian terraced house. Exposed Douglas Fir beams support the roof of this residential extension in South London.

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Mike Begent


Reclaimed quarry tiles & floorboards. Cast in-situ concrete worktop. Douglas fir timber & plywood.

Reclaimed quarry tiles & floorboards. Cast in-situ concrete worktop. Douglas fir timber & plywood. 


Extensive remodelling and renovation of an Edwardian terraced house. The existing condition of a small galley kitchen with two limited reception rooms was rethought to provide open plan living. Stepped zones on ground floor lead from entrance, living and utility room down to kitchen, now moved to the centre of the house, and further down to extension dining & garden level. This enabled generous ceiling heights and helps to define the spaces in an otherwise open layout. Works included internal remodelling, new kitchen, bathroom and utility room.

The extension roof structure of twinned Douglas fir beams left exposed and seemingly hangs in space, elegantly spaced from the hidden steel primary structure.

The materials used come together in a simple clean palette, but create comfort through warmth and texture. Timber was teamed with neat black metal windows, cast in-situ concrete worktop, and plywood kitchen, while reclaimed materials were used in the case of bricks, quarry tiles floor & floorboards.

The rear elevation, rather than being dominated by an underused full height opening, was split into sections creating more function. Window seats in front of 1 fixed and 1 sliding window give enjoyable places to sit, while also slightly enclosing the space within providing more comfort, and less exposure. A large single door provides ample access, and in the summer months can combine with the slider to give an expansive opening.

Word from the architect

Detailing and materials bring this project to life, while the spaces created are generous, flexible and comfortable.

Word from the client

The project has been a great success, creating a new space that is perfect for both entertaining friends and family but also day to day living. The attention to detail is really fantastic, with the bespoke beam structure bringing functionality and richness to the extension roof. The use of reclaimed materials makes this a really warm and comfortable space.