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Next up on hot week - green roofs! We love them for their aesthetics and ecologocial benefits, but they have a real benefit in managing internal temperatures.

The wildflower roofs we use have a minimum of 100mm of growing medium or soil. This mass is great at absorbing solar energy and preventing it from radiating through into the house. 

This example in East Dulwich was installed in 2015 and is still going strong! 

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#wildflowers #greenroofs #thermalstore #energyefficiency #greenarchitecture #sustainability #londonarchitecture
Ooh it’s hot! 🥵 This week we’re sharing a few of our tips on how we handle the heat, without reaching for the A/C. First up - #ventilation

The hallway from our Shakespeare Road project is a great example of one of our most used devices - the opening stairwell skylight. Whilst providing key daylight and volume (two things we love) it also creates something called stack effect ventilation. 

As the house heats up, hot air escaping from the skylight draws cooler air in through lower level openings, and the chimney effect creates air movement in spaces that would otherwise be stagnant. It works!!

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Click on the link in our bio to have a read. We've got pretty photos of recent projects, architecture materials nerdery and new house commissions to talk about.⁠
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Thinking about this gorgeous setup in Highgate: high skylights, tall glazed sliding doors, bringing the summer indoors. What could be better on a June evening?
Our last of this week's posts on indoors-outdoors connections comes care of a project we worked on with @do_design_studio a few years back.⁠
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To meet the needs of a growing family, we lowered and extended the ground floor to create a warm-toned, naturally lit dining space beyond the kitchen. ⁠
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The ultra-thin glazed, tall sliding doors lead the eye out into the garden, whose grey timber decking complements the greys in the interior terrazzo flooring. ⁠
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For a cleaner finish, we concealed the frames of the glass doors, while their solar tint coating prevents the room from overheating when they are closed.⁠
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Take a look at the link in our bio for more details.⁠
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Photography by @marywadsworth1⁠
Glazing by @maxlightltd⁠
Construction by @pvad_ltd ⁠
Interiors by @do_design_studio⁠
Engineering by @blueengineering⁠
Though we are based in South London, we work all over the South-East, and further afield (we were recently commissioned for a project north of Inverness!)⁠
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But when we work closer to home in hilly South London,  we're quite often called to deal with sloping sites! ⁠
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In this project in Forest Hill, we were asked to design a rear extension that was about 1.5 metres above garden level. We designed an extension that continued the interior floor level outside, leading out onto a bespoke metal staircase with steps down into the rest of the garden.⁠
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To create a sense visual continuity, the decking infill of the stairs were matched in width and direction to the internal flooring. Similarly, the metalwork and sliding doors were painted the same colour to lead the eye between indoor and outdoor spaces. We love this 50/50 indoor-outdoor shot by our wonderful photographer, Guy.⁠
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Take a look at the link in our bio for more details and photographs on our website. ⁠
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Photography by @guylockwoodphotography⁠
Contractor @pvad_ltd⁠
Structural Engineer @blueengineering⁠
This calming connection to the outdoors is a different approach to the project we posted earlier today.⁠
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Tasked with extending this home in Clapham, South London, our clients also wanted bring the garden closer in. The rear extension fills in part of the side return of this Victorian terrace, but allows for the garden to extend down the remaining corridor outside. The lightweight glass extension to the side connects to this lovely side-garden.⁠
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The furthest part of the extension uses sliding glazed doors with a "disappearing corner." This design connects the sitting area seamlessly with the main garden, including a patio terrace and outdoor dining area.⁠
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See the link in our bio today for more details⁠
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Photography by @thesnappyben⁠
Contractor @gcandpartners⁠
Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Hope you're having a gorgeous, sunny time, whatever you're up to. This sunny postcard is care of a garden studio in Streatham, South London, which we completed with @do_design_studio back in 2017. Perfect spot for lazy afternoon sprawling.⁠
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A totally gratuitous #bathroom shot from one of our recently completed projects. We love the palette of materials here, from brass @samuelheathofficial fittings, to herringbone-laid marbled porcelain, dark wood and verdigris honeycomb mosaic tile, and the warm browns of the @farrowandball paint.⁠
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Photography @guylockwoodphotography⁠
Contractor and joinery @pasklondon⁠
Bathroom hardware @cphartbathrooms⁠
Tiling @mandarinstoneofficial⁠
We posted a gorgeous #yellow version of our model for our clients' new garden room last week, which we loved!⁠
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Sadly we then found out the steel manufacturer would need a minimum order of about 12 tonnes of steel - enough to cover 2500 sqm! Back to the drawing board we went, and came up with this lovely copper verdigris option. ⁠
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We put it up for a vote on our stories, and 84% of you voted YES! So here we are: even though it's no longer yellow, this little garden room looks very alive in green.
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