Nestled in Muswell Hill, North London, the Brick House, a once-dated Edwardian terrace, has undergone a contemporary makeover by Melissa White Architects. Catering to a lively family of five, the architects navigated conservation restrictions and introduced spacious extensions, ensuring a seamless blend of modern living and historic charm.
Commissioned by Christina and Harry Stoakes, the project sought a harmonious balance of family life, distinct zones for work and relaxation, and a connection to the surrounding Alexandra Palace parklands. The clients actively participated in material choices, exemplified in the centerpiece—Christina’s dream DeVol Kitchen—a hub for family gatherings.
Renovation challenges included maintaining period features while introducing modern elements. Dilapidated Victorian conservatories made way for a full-width, pale brick rear extension, framing garden views. The interior showcases a play of light, with a biophilic theme on the ground floor transitioning to sophisticated tones on upper levels.
The design ingeniously caters to the family’s dynamic needs, with a serene quiet side and an energetic outrageous side, blending relaxation and play. Personalized touches, such as restored Victorian tiles, underfloor heating, and bespoke joinery, enhance the homely feel.
Melissa White Architects’ meticulous approach extends to the upper floors, creating tranquil retreats and a timeless main bedroom suite. The restoration incorporates contemporary interventions while preserving the original charm, resulting in a distinguished yet practical forever home.
Christina and Harry Stoakes express their delight in the calming color palette, warm tactile materials, and the seamless indoor/outdoor connection that encourages outdoor living. They find joy in unexpected design elements like standout glazing, emphasizing the success of the renovation.
Brick House stands as a testament to collaborative design, blending the past with the present to create a timeless sanctuary for the Stoakes family.
Photographer: Lorenzo Zandri