Architects in Fulham
Shape Architecture has completed many projects throughout Fulham. These range from basement extensions to larger basement projects with whole house refurbishment to pod rooms, side and rear extensions, and wrap around extensions. As architects in Fulham we are proud that many of our projects come through client recommendation and we work very hard to ensure the service we provide contributes to a series of successful projects.
Fifteen Basement Projects
We have put together a brochure featuring Fifteen Fulham Basement Projects. Each project is described with photographs, computer images and floor plans.
Basements in Fulham
We have designed and built many basement extensions throughout Fulham. These have generally comprised a basement extension alongside side and rear extensions, pod rooms, loft conversions and internal refurbishment. Several basement projects have been smaller versions with the addition of a basement extension to a property and the refurbishment of the Ground floor above.
Below we have provided further information in relation to our architecture in Fulham and descriptions of built projects to illustrate the issues involved.
Basement Extension Architects Fulham
Our expertise in basement design throughout London and in particular in Fulham is extensive. We are therefore able to point to built examples when illustrating design issues and can show many variations of our Fulham architecture when discussing and planning floor layouts for example. We create basement extensions that are light and spacious and integrate well with the upper levels of the property and the garden spaces beyond.
Shape Architecture Fulham have been involved in our residential basement conversion project from inception right through to the final stages. We have been very impressed by their continual professionalism and dedication to the project. They have been supportive to us, as clients, throughout the project and have always been responsive to what was needed at the different stages. The level of service received has been very personal and we have felt that we were a priority throughout. We would thoroughly recommend Shape Architecture to others.
– Hurlingham Road, Fulham, Clients
Basement Filled With Light
The garden light well is an excellent way of getting light directly into the basement, combined with a glass bridge from the rear of the property that links the kitchen and dining room with the garden beyond. Here the feeling of openness and the connection between the inside and the garden is best realised when glazed sliding doors are opened up onto the garden. The garden light well brings light and air into the basement space and once more glazed sliding doors can open up onto the light well at basement level.
Basement Architect in Fulham
At our basement project in Ellerby Street (where we have completed three basement extensions) we have incorporated a number of lightwells and other light sources. The garden lightwell has a glass bridge connecting the ground floor kitchen to the garden beyond and this connects to a simple and elegant glass fronted staircase providing access between ground floor, basement and garden. At the ground floor kitchen two large sliding doors open onto the lightwell with clear views of the garden. A fixed glass balustrade provides a secure barrier. The composition is light and transparent. The middle of the basement also has a smaller lightwell which is able to bring light and air into the heart of the basement and also provides interesting visual connections as a glass bridge sits over it allowing access between the front and rear of the property. The ‘street side’ of the basement is lit by a large format roof light located in the front garden. An alternative solution for this and other instances of basement architecture in Fulham would be a further lightwell with steel grating over.
The issue of light penetration into the basement and the way in which a basement project can help integrate the inside and outside spaces has been investigated at our project in Hurlingham Road. Here a feature glass cube houses a stair that leads from the ground floor kitchen down to the basement level. The glass box allows clear views into the garden as you descend the stair. This design also helps bring much more light into the basement and opens up views onto the garden from within the ground floor.
Amongst our basement extensions in Fulham our project in Broomhouse Road illustrates how simple design measures can provide a light filled elegant interior. Here, in a typical example of the vernacular architecture Fulham possesses, we designed the extension such that the stair down to the basement follows the location of the existing stair flights, and at basement level the enclosure to the stair is set back to allow the stair edge to ‘float’ over and provides a greater sense of space. At ground floor the side and rear extension have clearly articulated ceilings interspersed with a number of roof lights and this helps create an open and interesting interior. Another design element that adds much to the quality of the space is the secondary access between the front reception room and the kitchen beyond. This allows long views from the front reception room all the way to the garden beyond. We have also use this design at other basement extensions in Fulham including two in Ellerby Street, one of which has the stairs to the basement opening off this space.
Another of our basements in Fulham is also located in Ellerby Street, and in this instance the stair between the ground floor and the basement is a design feature, located in the kitchen and with a large roof light set over it bringing much light and views of the sky down into the basement. At ground floor views from the study over the stair void make for an interesting private workspace that still integrates well into the house.
Technical Expertise in the Construction of Basements
In the creation of a basement extension there are very many technical issues that demand an experience in the construction of these spaces. Having constructed a wide range of basements as London architects and as Fulham architects in particular, Shape Architecture has a proven track record and also has excellent working relationships with structural engineers in Fulham and also Basement contractors. We have also worked on a wide range of Basement Extensions throughout London of many different types and sizes ranging from a basement combined with lower ground floor conversion in Chelsea to a double basement in Kensington and can bring the knowledge gained from these projects to our work as architects in Fulham.
Shape Architecture has also carried out a number of side and rear extensions in Fulham, such as at St. Dionis Road. Here a side and rear extension was combined with a Pod room and internal refurbishment to form a light and airy interior and add additional bathroom space at the upper level. At the ground floor, further study spaces and a much enlarged kitchen and dining room were added, with a large expanse of sliding folding doors opening up the interior onto the garden.
The following lists several of our recent projects as architect in Fulham.
Basement Extensions in Fulham Architecture
At Stevenage Road we obtained planning permission for a large scale basement extension combined with internal refurbishment. Here the garden light-well forms a striking element of the basement extension. Rather than being located across the width of the building as the light-well has been in many other Fulham basement conversions, it is rotated such that it projects further into the basement interior and allows a studio/office space to be located at the garden end of the basement. These spaces give onto the light-well and benefit from the light and aspect that it provides.
Basement Extensions in Fulham Architecture
Ellerby Street involved the addition of a large basement with front, rear and middle light wells, a side and rear extension at ground floor, a pod room at the upper level and the complete internal refurbishment.The particular success of this Fulham basement extension is the visual and physical connection between the interior and the garden beyond. The kitchen and dining space has uninterrupted views of the garden through elegant sliding doors, which can be pulled back to open the whole façade onto the garden. A glass bridge then connects the inside to the garden as it crosses the light well.
Basement Extensions in Fulham Architecture
In this project the basement stair sits within a generous void located in the open plan kitchen and has a large roof lights set above it. The stair therefore brings much daylight and sunlight into the basement and permits extensive views of the sky from the basement. Located in the centre of the basement plan it helps create a light and spacious feel to the basement extension on moving from the Ground floor to the basement below.
Basement Extension in Fulham
This basement extension in Fulham located in Hurlingham road features a double height glass cube at the garden elevation into which the connecting stair between basement and ground floor is located. In this way the basement is filled with light and the ground floor, basement extension and garden beyond are well integrated spaces.
Fulham Architect Basement Extension
Our basement conversion at Broomhouse Road is particularly successful in creating a light and spacious contemporary interior. A key feature of the new basement is the internal corridor into which the stair connects. Whilst the stair follows the run of stair flights in the house the effect at basement level is to arrive in a large open light filled space. This is achieved by simply recessing the wall below the stair flight a further 300mm and finishing it in wood veneer, in order to make the edge of the stair seem to float and feel lighter.