Hampstead Garden Suburb House

XUL Architecture has renovated a historic London home with a modern and open floor plan to accommodate for a family’s 21st century living needs.

  • area / size 4,075 sqft
  • Type House,
  • Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, just outside the Hampstead Garden Suburb, the family of five had purchased the house which needed a full refurbishment. They decided to live in the property first for a year to better understand their needs.

    House renovations are common in London as there is a wide variety of traditional housing stock that rarely suits the size and activity of a family in the 21st Century. When considering their renovation, this family turned to XUL Architecture to explore the best layout for their needs. With the considerable renovation suggestions, XUL produced a cost for two options: to renovate or demolish.

    As a semi-detached property, there is often a pre-conception that demolition is not an option, however with steel structures to support the neighbouring house it can prove to be an option that is best for the project.

    This social family wanted an open plan kitchen, dining and family area that would allow them to entertain. They also needed a large playroom for the kids that would work with them as they grow. The house has a beautiful garden but the existing arrangement was not making the most of the views so it was important to open up as much of the rear spaces to the garden and to create a view of the garden from the front entrance so that light carried throughout. The lower level at the rear provided an ideal opportunity to add a basement looking out on to the garden.

    The Self-Build home reinstated the front elevation with minor alterations and extensions to match the neighbouring property. A full basement provides a guest bedroom with seating area, games room with gym, spa consisting of sauna, steam room, shower, relaxation area and utility with storage. With nine additional rooms, XUL increased the net internal area from 158.85m² to a total of 378.60m² (a 138% increase).

    Design: XUL Architecture
    Photography: courtesy of XUL Architecture