Editor’s pickWooden scale-like tiles add whimsical touch to London house

13-09-2018
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Office S&M revamped a family home in west London and the most eye-catching feature is probably the loft extension covered in scale-like wooden shingles. Yellow-framed arch windows, and interiors that use colour to separate spaces add a playful, whimsical touch for both adults and children living in the space.

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Architects Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwen of Office S&M oversaw the improvements to a Victorian terraced house in Ealing, which the owners wanted to refurnish to keep up with their three growing daughters.

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The main changes brought about by the project – called Valetta House – are a side extension that can hold a spacious living area on the ground level, and an extension on the second floor for an additional bedroom.

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The architects conceived the shape for the shingles by mirroring the arched form of the windows. These wooden tiles are left untreated, and will gradually turn grey.

The window frames are painted an energetic yellow, matching a light fitting that the client picked for the kitchen at the start of the project. The yellow will also complement the wood as it ages.