Light Play - Kingston Surrey

The light filled extension to a Victorian Kingston Surrey villa transformed the living space by paying with natural and artificial light.

Working with small spaces is an exciting design challenge. We needed to open up the space to the small garden, provide flexibility in use and work to a limited budget to create a stunning addition to our home.

Central to the design concept was to use light and contrast in the design. The rear of the house faces west and the new living space is over eight meters deep. By designing a full width slot roof light next to the rear of the original house the back of the room is filled with light while it’s proportion restricts solar gain. The light spills down the wall, moving throughout the day like a sundial while never providing glare to the sofas and tv. The glass corner opens to the south, allowing ventilation in and beautiful views out. In high summer the solar reflective, electric blinds can be lowered to reflect heat while letting light in. The design maintains the side alley, allowing the morning sun to light the white rendered wall with planting.

A simple palette of materials responds to the different light conditions through the day and at night. Dark grey niches either side of the fireplace are top lit at night. The pendants to the dining area draw your eye as you enter the house from the street. Plastered in light fittings maintain the crisp lines and detailing.

The relationship to the garden is vital and the landscaping of the beige sandstone terrace and louvered fencing completes the design.

Project Information
Location: Kingston Surrey
Price: £57,500
Client: Sophie and Richard Ainsley