Materials chosen to weather over time characterise reinvigorated Victorian home
Hayhurst & Co Architects for private client
Contract value: undisclosed
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.