FANE ROAD, OXFORD

Townhouse Revisited


My own house is a very personal statement and the fulfilment of a lifelong dream to design my own new-build house. It was created by utilising the north-facing side garden of my existing 1960s end of terrace townhouse. Conceived as an evolution of the townhouse typology, I kept the best of this mid century design classic, such as wall-to-wall windows, first floor living space and open-plan stair. Then I enhanced it with even larger areas of glazing, interlinking the living and kitchen/dining areas within the central 4 metre high space and double-height bay window and removing the flat ceilings of the top floor to give lofty, sloping ceilings to the bedroom and study.

The result is a house full of light that provides open-plan living with an inside-outside atmosphere, coupled with contained cosy areas. The garden is integral to the design with seating areas, raised deck and lush planting beds. My design extended to built-in items of furniture in natural timbers and birch-faced plywood and systems to display my small but beloved collection of prints, paintings, ceramics and textiles.