We have been appointed to design and build a new mansard roof that is in keeping with the house while adding a contemporary look. The house has been recently renovated using exposed brick walls, hardwood stairs among other architectural features.
The client was determined that any additional structure should not reduce the amount of natural light to the lower floors. Many similar projects commonly suffer a reduction of natural light when adding a new set of staircase as this obstructs the normal course of light rays.
Our solution increases natural light by creating a suspended set of open stairs and adding various glass panels. Both combined create a very bright space with views over the rear courtyards, gardens and roofs (chimneys pots, dormer windows, etc) of the neighbouring properties. We believe that in inner London those views are very precious.
While working on the construction of the stairs we had to research for external materials that could work well together with the bricks used along the stairwell, while in keeping with the materials used on the adjoining properties. After weeks of research we concluded that reclaimed rosemary machine made tiles had the right texture, proportion, colour and shade. Those tiles in contrast to the aluminium fascias, glass panels and old brick work create a humble but contemporary addition to the original house.