Finchley Family House
key description: extension and conversion
of two flats into new family home.
year: completed 2016
client: private client
borough: Barnet Council, London
This early 20th century red brick town house had previously been split into two self-contained flats. Unit One Architects were employed by a young family, to return the property back to its original condition, and provide them with a new family home.
The proposed works include reconfiguring the property in full to provide 4 bedrooms & two bathrooms on the upper floors and a modern living environment on the ground floor. A dilapidated conservatory, an exterior fire stair and a small WC annex were replaced with a new modern rear extension; accommodating an open plan kitchen and dining room area whilst providing a connection with the exterior amenity.
Unit One Architects overseen this project from concept through to completion, managing all the processes, including construction, up until the new family dwelling could be handed over to our client.
“In undertaking a renovation that we had been working towards for many years, that would create our family home, the choice of architect was a very important one for us. We found an excellent partner in Christian and his team, who understood our ideas from the outset and built upon them to create a series of spaces which really work for us. As the design took shape, the Unit 1 team navigated us through the planning process which required some negotiation and creativity, introduced us to other professionals in their network, and drove the right level of detail in the tender for building contractors to price.We retained Christian and the Unit 1 team through the build process, where their deep knowledge of the design allowed them to play an invaluable role in supporting critical decisions along the way, dealing with the inevitable “surprises” when dealing with a Victorian terrace house, and diligently running the contract administration process with the appointed builder.Above all, we have found the Unit 1 team an absolute pleasure to work with, highly responsive, and able to deliver a quality result. We will use Christian and his team for our next project and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone considering a residential conversion or similar undertaking.”