0227 Side extension to ground floor apartment in Kilburn


Side extension to ground floor apartment in Kilburn and internal refurbishment.

The brief called for creating a second bathroom and an open-plan, garden-facing kitchen, dining and living area.




This ground floor apartment used to have a front-facing sitting room, two bedrooms at the back and a small galley kitchen.   The rear bedroom had a bay window facing a rather small garden.

Following a redesign of the layout, the bedrooms have been moved to the front of the property.   One of of which has now a new ensuite bathroom.   The former kitchen area has been changed into a  family bathroom.

We also managed to increase the floor to ceiling height in the rear part of the property by digging further down into the ground.

Planning application with the London Borough of Brent

Following a successful planning application, we added a side extension.  Since it is a ground floor apartment, we had to apply for a full planning permission, however since we are quite successful with our planning applications with this council, we knew what would be permitted and what wouldn’t.

As the front part of the house was transformed into bedrooms and an ensuite, the whole back of this apartment became an open plan kitchen and a living-dining area.  The rear sliding folding aluminium doors are really helping to open up the space.  Roof lights above the kitchen area, which is in the side extension, introduce more light.

White kitchen

In the kitchen, classic, high gloss units in white were installed.  A new timber flooring was laid in the corridor and the open-space area at the back.

Two front bedroom

The former front reception room has been transformed into a bedroom and the rear reception room into a master suite, with an ensuite bathroom in between.  Since the front of the property enjoys quite high ceilings, we decided to purposefully lower the ceiling in the new ensuite to create much needed storage space above it.

Smaller spaces, like this bathroom, can often feel even smaller when the floor to ceiling height is disproportionally big.  As unintuitive as it might seem, lowering the ceiling level in smaller rooms helps to make them feel a bit bigger.