Due to the constriction imposed by surrounding buildings, Andrea decided to “flip” the house so that the main, open plan living spaces are upstairs, where the vaulted ceiling allows light to flood down the staircase, even to the bedrooms on the lower level.
A raised ground floor was incorporated to overcome the flood plain issue.
Samantha, who managed the project herself, used local builders and sourced materials from the nearby area, from the concrete to the conservation approved bricks.
The structure, featuring French oak, was manufactured off site and transported to Chenevare Mews piece by piece.
The energy-efficient building used the latest construction techniques but, because of restricted access to the site, the 2m deep foundations had to be laid through hand-digging, alongside the use of a mini digger.