The project called for a complete back-to-brickwork update of the house, as well as creating a new kitchen extension on the lower ground floor. On the ground floor and first floor the rooms have been restored to their original 19th-century style, with aged wooden floors and period-style ornate plasterwork on the ceilings. In constrast, the kitchen and dining area is housed in a modern glass-andtimber extension. The result of the three-way collaboration between the owner, the architect and the Poggenpohl Waterloo studio is a clear, elegant and light-suffused space that all members of the family naturally gravitate to.
The central island unit has a stepped-in plinth to give it the appearance of floating above the natural granite floor, and subtlety is the keynote. The white walls, for example, are split at waist level between a satin and a matt finish, a detail you notice only when you walk into the space. The granite used on the staircase and the kitchen floor continues uninterrupted through to the terrace. In the summer the folding, sliding timber-framed doors disappear to merge the interior with the 30-metre garden. Underfloor heating ensures that the kitchen and dining area remain warm and snug during colder weather.