The client had acquired a mid-century bungalow in need of refurbishment, and having heard about the RIBA/Shelter Architect in the House scheme in the national press, they signed up and were matched with ourselves, Emulsion. At our initial consultation we discussed several strategies to make the best use of the site, from refurbishment to demolition & new-build.

We were then formally appointed to develop our design ideas further, and the project then evolved into a full refurbishment of the existing house, with the addition of two new-build extensions clad with black timber panelling, and eco-friendly features including Velux solar collectors and a rainwater collection system.

The finished house is a marriage of sensitive refurbishment and striking contemporary architecture, the result of a successful collaboration with an inspirational and trusting client.

Chamberlain Construction were the main contractor, with bespoke kitchen and bathroom joinery by En Masse, a Bulthaup B2 kitchen unit by Kitchen Architecture, Vola fittings, SVL wood flooring and Pandomo resin floors.

“When we signed up to the Architect in the House scheme, we were lucky enough to be contacted by Yen-Yen Teh from Emulsion. She and her partner Michael Deeley came to see us on site and we were immediately impressed by their enthusiasm, intelligence and obvious appreciation of the possibilities of the building that we had bought and its situation. We at first commissioned them to come up with completely unfettered outline ideas for the project. Incorporating some of these ideas with some thoughts of our own, Emulsion came back to us with a refined scheme which we greatly liked and we proceeded with the planning application and the build. They were extremely efficient in getting quotes and helping to chose an appropriate contractor and we found them to be imaginative, friendly and helpful throughout the construction phase and we would unhesitatingly recommend them to others. We much appreciate the chance to have been put in touch with Emulsion through the Architect in the House scheme and would recommend it to anyone looking for a completely fresh view of a project such as ours.” (Andrew Jones of Fox Yard)

Photography by Ben Blossom.

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