10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London

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By Luke Hopping / Published by Dwell
Believe it or not, yes, London! Though the weather in England is hardly a California dream, that's all the more reason for Londoners to design spaces that take advantage of the days when it's nice out.

Take a look at these modern homes in London that bring the outdoors in.

A London Chef's Modern Addition

Architect: Fraher Architects

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 1 of 10 - The slightly below-ground kitchen sits inside a boxy extension, clad in recycled timber and stained kettle black. A wildflower garden grows on its pitched roof.

The slightly below-ground kitchen sits inside a boxy extension, clad in recycled timber and stained kettle black. A wildflower garden grows on its pitched roof.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 2 of 10 - The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface area of the courtyard.

The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface area of the courtyard.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 3 of 10 - The large patio leads to a newly landscaped back garden. An expansive glass wall promotes seamless indoor-outdoor living. Inexpensive brick pavers were chosen for the rear patio; they offer textural contrast with the steel of the door, brick of the rear facade, and pale gray wood of the interior floors.

The large patio leads to a newly landscaped back garden. An expansive glass wall promotes seamless indoor-outdoor living. Inexpensive brick pavers were chosen for the rear patio; they offer textural contrast with the steel of the door, brick of the rear facade, and pale gray wood of the interior floors.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 4 of 10 - The home’s living room is located on the lower level, opposite the kitchen. The herringbone-patterned brick floor is partially covered by a carpet purchased in Istanbul. A sofa and Muuto sideboard anchor opposite sides of the space.

The home’s living room is located on the lower level, opposite the kitchen. The herringbone-patterned brick floor is partially covered by a carpet purchased in Istanbul. A sofa and Muuto sideboard anchor opposite sides of the space.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 5 of 10 - Architect Gregory Phillips connected the original house to a new modern extension that doesn’t interfere with the surrounding houses. "I try to be true to the location,"he explains, "so it doesn’t seem like some spaceship has landed."

Architect Gregory Phillips connected the original house to a new modern extension that doesn’t interfere with the surrounding houses. "I try to be true to the location,"he explains, "so it doesn’t seem like some spaceship has landed."

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 6 of 10 - Indoor-outdoor living abounds, with plenty of room for entertaining, especially in the custom courtyard that has held hundreds of guests at many a party.

Indoor-outdoor living abounds, with plenty of room for entertaining, especially in the custom courtyard that has held hundreds of guests at many a party.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 7 of 10 - For the Milman Road renovation, the team at Syte Architecture referenced the past while assembling the two-story addition, cladding the exterior in zinc and reused brick from the original wall so it blended with the express chimneys and surrounding structures.

For the Milman Road renovation, the team at Syte Architecture referenced the past while assembling the two-story addition, cladding the exterior in zinc and reused brick from the original wall so it blended with the express chimneys and surrounding structures.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 8 of 10 - Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton behind their London home.

Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton behind their London home.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 9 of 10 - The roughly 5,000-square-foot Lens House renovation, which was finished in 2012 and won a 2014 RIBA National Award, required six years, major remedial work on the roof and walls, approval from the planning committee, and even a sign-off from a horticulturalist to guarantee the backyard excavation didn't interfere with a walnut tree. "These things aren’t for people who are in a hurry," says architect Alison Brooks. The focus is the 10-sided trapezoidal office addition. "It wraps itself around the house with a completely different set of rules than the Victorian building," she says.

The roughly 5,000-square-foot Lens House renovation, which was finished in 2012 and won a 2014 RIBA National Award, required six years, major remedial work on the roof and walls, approval from the planning committee, and even a sign-off from a horticulturalist to guarantee the backyard excavation didn't interfere with a walnut tree. "These things aren’t for people who are in a hurry," says architect Alison Brooks. The focus is the 10-sided trapezoidal office addition. "It wraps itself around the house with a completely different set of rules than the Victorian building," she says.

10 Indoor-Outdoor Homes in London - Photo 10 of 10 - While the extension centers on the dining area, its ample openings bring light pouring into the rest of the house as well. The kitchen is the biggest beneficiary of this reconfiguration. Opening up directly onto the dining area, its crisp cabinetry and finishes are now bathed in light.

While the extension centers on the dining area, its ample openings bring light pouring into the rest of the house as well. The kitchen is the biggest beneficiary of this reconfiguration. Opening up directly onto the dining area, its crisp cabinetry and finishes are now bathed in light.

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