College Gardens, Dulwich Village, South East London
Project Name: College Gardens
Location: Dulwich Village, London
(photography credit: Michelle Beatty)
This 1960s townhouse designed by Russell Vernon had beautiful light and space, but the layout was dated and no longer worked for busy modern family life. Our brief was to rationalise room configurations, improve the circulation, de-clutter and create lots more storage. All while respecting the bones of the house’s original design.
Our clients love entertaining and wanted to make the kitchen diner a light, airy and flexible hub of the home. We removed a surplus doorway, re-modeled and upgraded the kitchen to create more space and better storage, and finished off with a concrete effect porcelain work surface that was minimal, beautiful and extremely durable. The working kitchen area is defined by a terrazzo floor, a highly durable material that is also used in all the house’s bathrooms to striking effect.
The mid-century feel of the house has been enhanced by an engineered walnut floor in all the living areas, and original details such as a glass wall separating the living room from the kitchen has been restored and preserved.
Dulwich Village is a close knit community which actively preserves its heritage and shapes future development. In addition to planning permissions from the local authority, the Dulwich Estate also approve and license all development in the village. Our extensive experience in dealing with the planning process, plus the quality of the design and a collaborative approach ensured that planning was granted on time and without issue.