The Storyteller's Home
Edmund Sumner
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
SanitarywareCeramica Globo S.p.a.
LightingAstro Lighting
LightingBari
TilesBlueprint Ceramics
AppliancesBosch
KitchenE J Ryder

Product Spec Sheet
Sanitaryware
Lighting
Lighting
by Bari
Appliances
by Bosch
Kitchen

The Storyteller's Home

Neil Dusheiko Architects as Architects

The renovation transforms a standard terrace that had fallen into a state of disrepair into an interconnected home, that intelligently responds to the different levels between the street and private rear garden. Neil Dusheiko Architects began with thorough consultation with the structural engineers to manage the essential structural remediation which was required to extend the life of the house. The existing property had suffered subsidence and the existing basement was not built on a structural slab. The majority of the house was stripped out internally and the studio have created a home well suited to the young family’s needs.

photo_credit Billy Bolton
Billy Bolton
photo_credit Neil Dusheiko
Neil Dusheiko

The front of the home is largely unchanged, but the interior now feels contemporary and expansive. The clients, one a film-maker, the other a writer now have a home that fits their lives, with bespoke joinery designed by the studio and crafted by EJ Ryder. The living areas are split across two levels: first a main sitting room that is lined with bespoke cabinetry, books and various media. Below the main living area, the grand kitchen space is accessed by a short flight of stairs; surfaces change underfoot, and overhead there are suddenly views of the sky. The kitchen’s central island is untethered, allowing flexibility of use – it can be wheeled outside for alfresco dining, or simply rotated to create more room for entertaining.

photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner
photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner

On the upper levels, Neil Dusheiko Architects chose a perforated timber design for the stair, reminiscent of iconic scenes on fire escapes such as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or Richard Gere conquering his fears to ascend the fire escape to be rescued by Julia Roberts at the end of Pretty Woman. This concept is another subtle reference to the interests of the homeowners. The CNC manufactured staircase becomes a special space apart from the rest of the house. During the day light filters through to the floors below and at night the linear timber elements cast playful shadows.

photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner
photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner

The clients will work from home in studios at the top of the house with ample space to capture ideas. Both studio spaces are naturally lit and provide a quiet retreat to work. The small bathroom on the upper level also adds to the provision. In the smaller studio there is a simple bench desk built into the wall – and overlooking the rear garden. The exposed beams help to order the space and frame the view, giving warmth to the space along with the textured cork floor. Linked by a perforated stair the skylight on this floor allows for cross ventilation. The full-height doors are carefully detailed with brass edging and large fanlights above bring additional light through.

photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner
photo_credit Billy Bolton
Billy Bolton

While carrying out remedial work to the basement and rear façade, the opportunity was taken to improve the insulation and airtightness of the building fabric; bricks were repaired where possible and reclaimed bricks were sourced if needed. This contributed to improved environmental performance. The Terrazzo used throughout the ground floor of the property has a high thermal mass which will help to even out the temperature variation and decrease the need for mechanical heat. The glazed openings and sliding doors are double-glazed and help the home to retain warmth in winter.

The home’s main stair is capped by an openable skylight, which introduces stack effect ventilation, where air is drawn through the house and expelled at a high level. The perforations in the stair also aid the free-flow of air. At the top of the space, both of the studios have openable windows and solar film applied to minimise the risk of overheating.

photo_credit Billy Bolton
Billy Bolton
photo_credit Billy Bolton
Billy Bolton

We bought our house knowing it was a big project but also clear in what we wanted to achieve.
Neil and his team were not only receptive to our ideas, working with us in detail on every step of the process, but enhanced them with some brilliant architectural innovations that have made our new home feel truly unique. The transformation has created a really versatile family home that can evolve with us as we grow, marking out several distinct spaces – like our detached offices – while also uniting the whole home around a free-flowing, light-filled communal space. Neil’s unflagging enthusiasm and support proved vital to keeping us on track in the midst of practical challenges and the disruption of the pandemic, and he brought together an outstanding team to deliver a home that feels instantly personalised to us while also being a distinctly Neil Dusheiko creation.

photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner
photo_credit Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner

Team:

Architects: Neil Dusheiko Architects

Contractor: Talina
Structural Engineers: Conisbee
Quantity Surveyors Bonfield
Photographers: Edmund Sumner, Billy Bolton

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Materials Used:
Timber floor: Havwoods
Cork Floor: Colour flooring
Vinyl Floor: Colour flooring
Kitchen: EJ Ryder
Appliances: Bosch in kitchen, samsung in utility
Sanitaryware: Globo and crosswater
Glazing: ID Systems, GlassTec
Lighting: Bari, Mr Resistor, Astro
Tiles: Grestec, porcelain superstore, Blue Print Ceramic
Pocket doors: Selo
Ironmongery: G Johns and Sons
Switches: Knightsbridge
Brick: Reclaimed London stock bricks
Staircase Bespoke Handrails
Shower glass: PAR glass

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