Shepherds Bush Place


This charming street of early 19thC terraced cottages is tucked away behind the station.  The houses are listed, although this one had previously been extended and had lost most of its original features.

Due to the eccentric shape of the end-of-terrace plot there were opportunities to re-work the plan and build out along the northern boundary to create an Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, and Utility Room. This new flat-roofed extension is invisible from street level.

Inside we gutted the tired interior, carefully preserving the original staircase. The Ground Floor was opened up and bi-folding doors fitted to unite the kitchen with garden.  At the bottom of the garden is a home office.

Upstairs we squeezed a Family Bathroom and an Ensuite Shower room into the space previously occupied by a single over-generous bathroom.  Bedrooms were provided with fitted wardrobes with Cedar of Lebanon interiors. Panelling was re-instated to the original pattern, copied from an adjacent house where features remain intact.

Finally the roofspace was converted into a den, where visiting grandchildren, unbothered by the low headroom, can sleep.  The loft is accessed by a hidden staircase, concealed behind a panelled door, and fitted into a line of wardrobes.

The works included measures to improve energy ratings such as upgrading insulation, replacement of windows, under-floor heating, and installation of a solar thermal heat source system on the flat roof. This has reduced household heating bills dramatically.