London Addition in Detail

John and Matthew take some time to breakdown the design details that went into this London addition by architect Tamir Addadi.

“Comtempory Extension by Tamir Addadi” –

  • Anonymous

    John and Matthew
    Great details on today’s Design Minute segment!
    The project is described as an addition to an existing Victorian. What is not shown is how the new contemporary design has been married with the existing Victorian. Can you provide some insight to blending new contemporary interior finishes with existing?

  • Jesse

    Those steps are pretty impressive. I’m still scratching my head on how such a thin reveal around them was accomplished and the drain too, someone really knows their stuff. My guess it those steps cost quite a lot… Beautiful execution.

  • Cussot

    What a feast for the senses – what I’m imagining is sitting at that desk with the scent of lavender wafting in through that sliding window.

  • Matthew North

    Hi Jesse – I looked at the picture closely and it looks to me like the stairs are tiled – most likely on top of concrete – I think the tile has been set back from the edges about 3/8″ to create the reveal. I’d be curious to learn about the actual detail from the architect.

  • Matthew North

    Hi Kirk – thanks for your comments! I am a big fan of merging historical and contemporary styles in remodel projects. I always think it works best when some of the original elements of the house are maintained intact – for example installing a new kitchen on an original, rustic hard wood floor – or, installing new millwork or built ins but keeping them slightly detached from original brick or plaster walls. I also really think it is critical to maintain the proportion of the door and window openings as they reflect the era of the original structure. You also have to be aware that the original house will not be perfectly level and square – so this needs to be incorporated into the detailed design!

  • Jesse

    Matthew- I could see trying to replicate this look by using smaller precast concrete elements (thick tile like slabs) and assembling them to create that very tailored reveal and overall look. Think concrete countertop casting methods to create the tread, riser and drain pieces then mortar them to a rough site poured base. I don’t see any seams or grout joints but the picture is fairly small, not sure it they did this or if they really cast this in place, either way it’s very special.

  • Tamir Addadi

    Hi Matthew and Jesse,
    The stairs and the entire flooring of the garden are actually grey York stone. The stairs are not tiled, each stair is a piece of solid stone cut to size. They rest on a concrete foundation.
    I really enjoyed your presentation of my project Matthew and John – Thank you!