College Road



Dissatisfied with the build quality of the rear extension, lack of garden space, and ground-floor layout, the owner of this three-bedroom Victorian terrace asked Russian for Fish to maximise the space indoors and out, and introduce a minimalist modern look to the interiors. By removing the rear extension and expanding into the side return, the garden area was enlarged without sacrificing interior space. Relocating the kitchen to the front of the property allowed for a more private, full-width living area to be created, opening completely onto the garden through floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

The new open-plan layout provides a clear view to the garden throughout and maximises light throughout the day. To improve cost-effectiveness, existing building materials were retained wherever possible, commercial paving was used in the garden, and off-the-shelf carcasses were used for the kitchen cabinets, fronted with bespoke doors.

Awarded Most Cost Effective Project: NLA’s Don’t Move Improve 2016.

Shortlisted: AJ Retrofit Awards 2015