Modern Renovation of a Classic London Home

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June 18, 2014
A bay window build-out helps a turn-of-the-century home look forward. Read Full Article
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  Milman Road Renovation“What struck us as funny was the corner bay window,” says architect Oliver Barsoum. “It’s almost like you’re surrounded by glass on all sides. That’s where the project began.” The vision became playing with and pushing that window into three dimensions.Photos by Syte Architecture

    Milman Road Renovation

    “What struck us as funny was the corner bay window,” says architect Oliver Barsoum. “It’s almost like you’re surrounded by glass on all sides. That’s where the project began.” The vision became playing with and pushing that window into three dimensions.

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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  Milman Road Renovation: Rear Window View“What struck us as funny was the corner bay window,” says architect Oliver Barsoum. “It’s almost like you’re surrounded by glass on all sides. That’s where the project began.” The vision became playing with and pushing that window into three dimensions.Photos by Syte Architecture

    Milman Road Renovation: Rear Window View

    “What struck us as funny was the corner bay window,” says architect Oliver Barsoum. “It’s almost like you’re surrounded by glass on all sides. That’s where the project began.” The vision became playing with and pushing that window into three dimensions.

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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  Milman Road Renovation: Kitchen and Shared Space
Inside, custom woodworking and an elegant glass-and-wood staircase revel in the newly opened space. With an additional 250 square feet to play with, the kitchen became a home for Syte’s custom island unit and a lengthy 23-foot-long bookshelf, which the owner put to use storing an entire set of the Everyman Library. Photos by Syte Architecture
    Milman Road Renovation: Kitchen and Shared Space

    Inside, custom woodworking and an elegant glass-and-wood staircase revel in the newly opened space. With an additional 250 square feet to play with, the kitchen became a home for Syte’s custom island unit and a lengthy 23-foot-long bookshelf, which the owner put to use storing an entire set of the Everyman Library.

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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  Milman Road Renovation: Staircase
The staircase, a marriage of new glass and old woodwork where the new handrail flows into the old, allowed light from the attic to flow uninterrupted to the ground floor. Photos by Syte Architecture
    Milman Road Renovation: Staircase

    The staircase, a marriage of new glass and old woodwork where the new handrail flows into the old, allowed light from the attic to flow uninterrupted to the ground floor.

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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  Milman Road Renovation: Street View 
The final plan had to balance the client’s desire for an extension that broke down the “cellular” structure of the home—built during an era of fireplaces and chimneys, heating costs alone made the floorplan the antithesis of open—with the planner’s desire for historical continuity. Photos by Syte Architecture
    Milman Road Renovation: Street View

    The final plan had to balance the client’s desire for an extension that broke down the “cellular” structure of the home—built during an era of fireplaces and chimneys, heating costs alone made the floorplan the antithesis of open—with the planner’s desire for historical continuity.

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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  Milman Road Renovation: Shared Space 
“I find it endlessly interesting where design drives from,” says Barsoum. “The idea that you react to the old building—on the one hand you react to what’s there, and then you react to the clients who move in. That’s the other side of the coin.”
Photos by Syte Architecture
    Milman Road Renovation: Shared Space

    “I find it endlessly interesting where design drives from,” says Barsoum. “The idea that you react to the old building—on the one hand you react to what’s there, and then you react to the clients who move in. That’s the other side of the coin.”

    Photos by Syte Architecture

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