Church Road, Bristol
Home to a young family, this Victorian terrace in Horfield suffered from a disconnected ground floor, with the kitchen and dining room formerly crammed into the rear outrigger and accessed via a narrow passageway under the stairs. The living room, which received a lot of daylight was cut off from the main heart of the house, and the middle reception room which divided them served little purpose.
The house was reconfigured without extending; the kitchen was moved to the centre of the house, and rooms were opened up to each other to let in light from both sides of the house. A new stepped access directly down into the new dining room area at the rear of the house was created, which allows for all aspects of family life to be physically and visually connected.
A utility room was included within this space, and a ground floor wc was introduced under the staircase. In the kitchen, the chimney breast was removed in order to fit in a full run of units, as well as a kitchen island. A new full height door provides access directly to the garden.
Inbuilt birch plywood joinery by Tim Gaudin provides structure to the dining area, with a fluted timber front and useful storage space for toys within. The joinery also included a gridded display shelf which is a focal point to the space.
EJ Studio was appointed for all RIBA Stages 1-6, from feasibility to completion on site.