Brice Design Consultants


Private House, North London

Brice Design Consultants were approached by established clients to design and project manage the extension and refurbishment of this Victorian house set in a conservation area.

Though permitted development rights would have allowed a 3 metre rear extension, Ian Brice successfully applied for planning permission for a 4 metre addition.

Ian designed bespoke oak and painted cabinetry throughout: a kitchen, island and larder with Carrara marble worktops, and bookshelves and cupboards in the offices and utility room. Original features were retained and restored, and two salvaged Victorian corbel chimneypieces fitted.

The majority of the work, by main contractor Eaton Gate, was at lower ground floor level. This was completely stripped-out – including most interior walls and the rear exterior wall – and a steel frame, a concrete slab and underfloor heating installed. Ian worked with structural engineer CSE Consulting and quantity surveyor Brack Meekins Partnership. A minimal structural glass extension was added by GlasSpace, introducing light and opening up views from the front of the house to the end of the garden.

Murano glass chandeliers, Glo-Ball pendants, recessed downlighters, Lutron dimmer switches and a Category 7 cable network were all fitted.

In the en suite master bathroom an existing shower was clad in Carrara marble and a full height frameless glass screen was added. A new bathroom was created on the second floor and Aston Matthews fittings were installed throughout.