Location:Harrington Road - Brighton
Description:Complete renovation and re-modelling of a Victorian Villa
The project at Harrington Road in Brighton involved the partial restoration and refurbishment of a dilapidated Victorian villa – Phase one is now complete with phase two including a side extension and the completion of the staircase to be continued.
The form and fabric of the forgotten dwelling was sensitively uncovered to reveal the original materials and features, to be retained where possible .The plan was then opened up considerably on the first floor to create a large luminous living area at the centre of the house with traditional sash windows to three elevations, bringing views of the surrounding trees and garden into the heart of the home.
The bedrooms to the second floor were carefully restored with reclaimed timber boards and plaster mouldings. The loft was converted to form two smaller bedrooms and to reflect the contemporary addition, these were entirely lined with birch faced ply , creating a sculptural quality to the space.
The newly installed stair ( and eventual brass balustrade and railings ) forms the thread that connects all parts of the dwelling, the old and the new, the lower ground to the loft. The stair is constructed of reclaimed timber boards , as in the first floor bedrooms, (these all came from a former tobacco factory in Liverpool) and where the stair meets each floor landing , the existing timber boards of the house have been interspersed with the tobacco stained boards, acknowledging the introduction of a contrasting yet historic material into the existing structure.
The stair is conceived as a new sculptural element introduced into the existing historic structure and this composition of the new and the old is again acknowledged by use of a shadow gap separating the stair and the original walls all the way up from the lower ground to the loft.
Works continue to the balustrade and lower ground floors.
Photography by Emma Marshall. https://emmamarshall.net/
Joinery – Stairs: http://www.methodfurnituremakers.co.uk