The Hanging Bathroom of Balham
Presented with a terraced house with a minute first floor bathroom, a cramped kitchen, a miniscule garden (just 2.97m [9’9″] deep), and an old brick attached outdoor loo used as a boiler room and shed, what would you do?
Our concept was to remove the old outside loo to maximise on the footprint of the garden, open up the rear wall with full width and height sliding folding glass doors through a level threshold, to the newly decked garden, thus creating ‘another room’ outside. The kitchen was simplified with an elegant single swathe, and the space under the stairs was resolved using a wall of doors to increase storage and hide amenities.
At first floor level a luxury bathroom was projected out over the garden, complete with a roof light window and a sloping ceiling up to the roof, to create a wonderful volume.
The client, an accomplished author, named the refurbishment “The Hanging Bathroom of Balham” and was thrilled and delighted with her renewed home.”
Featured in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ‘Housing’ book.