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Grain House, De Beauvoir Town

Materials chosen to weather over time characterise reinvigorated Victorian home

Grain House, De Beauvoir Town.
Grain House, De Beauvoir Town. Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan

Hayhurst & Co Architects for private client
Contract value: undisclosed 
GIA: 210m2

Grain House is a remodelled and extended Victorian, semi-detached family home. The new design generates a visual link from the entrance, through family spaces to the garden and an artist’s studio at the back of the site. Formerly cellular living spaces connect dramatically with a two-storey courtyard at the heart of the house containing a Japanese a privet tree and Annie Morris sculpture. The new staircase wraps around this, offering multiple views through the house. The extension’s pitched ceiling helps define the kitchen space, sloping down to a picture window. A dining room with a large window seat overlooks the garden. Materials include hand-made tiles, natural lime plaster, pre-patinated copper and charred larch – all chosen to weather over time. The new studio nestles in the trees like an inhabited sculpture.

  • Grain House, De Beauvoir Town.
    Grain House, De Beauvoir Town. Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan
  • Grain House, De Beauvoir Town.
    Grain House, De Beauvoir Town. Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan
  • Grain House, De Beauvoir Town.
    Grain House, De Beauvoir Town. Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan
  • Grain House, De Beauvoir Town.
    Grain House, De Beauvoir Town. Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan
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