Originally built in the 1950’s, this classic Victorian home in the Belsize Park area of London was in the need of a modern makeover with interiors that met the specific needs of a retired couple. Studio Carver took up the task of giving this aging house a new lease of life and did so by altering its floor plan, living area, kitchen and dining space. But today we move beyond these makeovers and focus just on the lovely reading room that has been newly added to the home and how it extends into the garden just outside. Clad in oak and featuring a sliding glass doors that leads the way to the rear garden, the new extension feels both captivating and unique.
It is easy to spot the novel oak reading room and home office that ventures into the rear garden beyond the older brick walls and ushers in a sense of modernity. The glass wall sections and sliding doors bring natural light into the spacious reading room that is filled with oak shelves and bespoke oak décor. A skylight above gives the room an even more cheerful and bright vibe even as the lovely planters outside extend the presence of wood into the garden.
One sees a wonderful blend of the old and the new at the Belsize Reading Room with the exposed original brick walls shaping the backdrop for the oak and glass extension. Smart, sensible and easy on the eyes, this is the perfect modern reading room that leaves an existing home untouched [Photography: Richard Chivers]