A sunken room offers a clever solution to a large, problematic drop at the back of this UK home.
When a young couple moved into a 1970s end-of-terrace townhouse in central St Albans, a commuter town less than 20 minutes from central London, they set to work creating their ideal family home. More than a decade later—and now with two children—they have finally brought that vision to life with a makeover by Feneley Studio.
The brief was to extend the ground floor, overcome the change in level across the site, and create a welcoming entrance hall with storage, a large kitchen for entertaining, and a "snug" that could be used to enjoy the garden. "We treated this as an ‘in-between’ space, which was key to the design," says architect Simon Feneley.
"We wanted to modernize the house to make a family home that connected with the outdoor area that we didn’t utilize that much," say the clients. "We also wanted to optimize the space on the ground floor and put in more storage in order to ‘hide’ the day-to-day of the two kids we have."
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