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McKechnie House

East Finchley, North London

The scheme reorganises the entire split-level ground floor of a Victorian terraced house to get more effective use from the space. A principal aim has been to make a small extension to the sitting room without destroying an existing suntrap – now a courtyard – to the side of the house.

Heavily textured courtyard walls pick up daylight as it falls and help bounce it further into the dining room. The Courtyard is painted in domestic colours to imply interior walls and the continuation of the Dining room outside.

Oversized roof lights make generous pockets of extra head room inside the sitting room. Large sheets of double-glasing are clamped by patent glasing bars each side making simple windows at minimum cost.

From the Kitchen there are views through the Dining room and Sitting room, towards a segment of garden foliage and sky. What you see is a succession of frames, each overlaid on the next. Stepping down from the hall way by the front door, a body sized vestibule in the swing of the kitchen door is like the inside of a wardrobe, lined out in American cherry.

Client: Private client
Main Contractor: Findwillow
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Quantity Surveyor: Dobson White Boulcott
Glass roof lights: Standard Patent Glasing Company
Rubber floor: Dalsouple
Green slate floor: Kirkstone