A lower ground floor garden flat refurbishment in a Grade II listed Victorian crescent. The footprint is incredibly deep with only a small central light well to bring light into the centre of the plan. The existing layout had this area covered with a clumsy timber framed skylight, used as a separate room which provided neither light or air to the surrounding spaces.
All the central spaces were suffering from a severe lack of light. By removing some internal floor space to re-instate a small external light well here and removing two structural sides of the light well we were able to get desperately needed natural light and ventilation into the centre of the plan which immediately unlocked the layout possibilities. The prime garden aspect was given over to a vast living-kitchen-dining area with a new frameless glass enclosure to part of the existing light well.
This meant the master bedroom could be located in quiet and private part of the plan opening onto the external light well and still benefiting from views through the rear space to the the communal crescent garden beyond. Removing the structural walls at the bottom of a six storey building of multi-million pound flats above had to be done with extreme precision, but the enhancement to the quality of the space and layout more than compensated the difficulties. Inadvertently the gain in floor area by removing the 600mm thick walls paid for it too!