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Fairfield Road, N8

  Crouch End, London       Complete       100 sq.m.

  Winner - Haringey Design Awards 2012 - Best Home       Signature House

A developer had obtained planning permission to demolish four derelict lock-up garages and build a bungalow on an infill site in Crouch End. Our clients were a young family, unable to afford a three-bedroom house in the neighbourhood, who instead decided to buy the site.

The small plot, located in a conservation area at the end of a traditional Victorian terrace, was redesigned to meet the client's needs which included a discrete basement storey to create the family house that they needed.

The design sits directly off the pavement, with rooms arranged around a glazed courtyard to bring in natural light whilst creating privacy. The main open plan living space, a study and the master bedroom with en-suite have been positioned on the ground floor, with a basement containing the family bathroom, a utility and two children's rooms looking out onto a sunken lightwell.

The unique style of the clients is expressed through the interior design proposed and the use of materials. The subtle exterior disguises the bright and spacious interior, which creates a private and secluded retreat from the street. The natural light which bathes the house led to the project being dubbed 'The Lighthouse'.