The Vawdrey House

The Coach House London NW6

Appointed by our clients at Park House to build a two-storey side extension, the Coach House took on it's own identity as a self contained pied-a-terre. 

The main house had a rare, wider than usual, gap to the side before the next terrace began, and we designed the Coach House here which can function as additional ground and first floor space for the main house, or be used as a self contained, compact, one bedroom house.

The coach house doors can fold right back, mews style, to connect the studio room with the little courtyard garden in front. The flank wall of the main house is exposed as painted brick throughout the coach house, and the joists of the first floor are left exposed – this gives the building the feel of a refurbishment rather than an extension.

The compact staircase winds up to the top floor, with a laundry cupboard concealed below the stairs, and a bijoux home office at the top. This double height space is flooded by light from the entrance doors, first floor window and roof light.

Beyond the stairwell is a shower room, dressing area and bedroom. Just big enough for a superking bed with concealed storage below. One entire wall of curtain keeps this room cosy at night, and the exposed brick continues the urban feel.

The Vawdrey House has created the perfect bolt hole for us, all the luxuries of a full sized house in a tiny compact gift box. All this in a space only 2.7m wide.

Photography by Siobhan Doran Photography

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Established by Jennifer Hamilton in 2012, The Vawdrey House is a multi-award winning RIBA Chartered Practice which offers a unique combination of bespoke design, strategic thinking and creative flair. We bring both architecture and interior design together to create spaces which work for you from the inside out.

Jennifer Hamilton and Graeme Montague, two thirds of The Vawdrey House trio, have a shared history as Directors of award winning design consultancy MoreySmith, working with clients such as Sony Music, EMI Music, Cadbury and Channel 4 as well as on high end residential refurbishments.

Third partner Ian Chapman, a RIBA Chartered Architect, adds his expertise in contemporary architecture for exciting educational and public spaces.

Their combined experience of 60 years in the industry brings a level of professionalism and creativity to the design and management of your project which is invaluable. 

Working across London and the South of England we have a growing portfolio of happy clients and inspiring spaces.

With a small, select team of designers and architects, The Vawdrey House is passionate about what we do and most of all, want you to love it too.

Whether for your home, or a public space, we take the time to get to know you, understand your requirements and find exciting design solutions for your project. Our 'top to toe' design approach involves bringing the client into the process, designing a space for you, with you.

Close affiliations with brand consultants plus graphic and web design teams mean we can also provide a fully coordinated scheme for your retail or business space, down to website, menus or signage, whatever is required.

We work closely with you throughout, following everything through to the smallest detail, and helping you through the process.
That is what we believe makes a great design, even better.

We are design-led, and like to review the way the whole building works, understanding how you use the spaces and suggesting functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, the internal layouts and all the interior design and fittings, right down to furniture and accessories. 

We progress the design in stages, working up the outline usually with a multitude of options in the first instance, then gradually firm up the scheme as you clarify which direction you want to go in. Once we have the overall scheme in place we work into the detail and start to specify every element, ending in a production package incorporating everything you need to tender and construct the project.

We can also manage the entire process for you, putting together the project team, gaining planning consent and party wall awards, finding contractors, tendering the works, managing the building contract and monitoring the works on site.

We stick with you to the end, ensuring all snagging is resolved, and produce a completion pack with all necessary certificates, guarantees, maintenance and supplier contact info so you have everything in one place.

Have a browse through our latest projects and see the end results!