Doyle Gardens extension by Jonathan Tuckey
features a criss-crossing wooden ceiling


Jonathan Tuckey Design has refurbished the interior of a semi-detached house in London and added a dining room extension with a latticed wooden ceiling (+ slideshow).

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

A young couple occupy the 1930s house in Doyle Gardens with their two children. They asked London-based Jonathan Tuckey Design to improve the configuration of the ground floor rooms and enhance the connection between the interior, the garden and a park on the opposite side of the road.

"The ground floor plan was, from the front parlour back, congested and dark and offered no means of accessing the back garden," project designers Ryuta Hirayama and Peter Youthed told Dezeen.

"Our aim was to create a layered relationship between the interior and the south-facing garden."

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

Existing partition walls were removed to turn what was previously four separate rooms into a series of interconnected spaces that allow views through from the front of the house to the garden at the back.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

At the rear of the property the designers added an extension alongside the kitchen that houses a new dining room looking out onto the garden.

The boxy self-contained room is distinct from the rest of the open floor plan and creates a more formal space that can be used for family dinners and parties.

"We thought that having broken open the cellular condition of the existing plan we should counterbalance this by creating a dining space with a clearly defined character," explained the architects.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

An enlarged opening connects the room with the living area, while a tiled floor and a wooden framework covering the ceiling help to distinguish it from the adjoining spaces.

The dimensions of the cube-shaped space were established by planning regulations, while a tight budget determined the use of Douglas fir for the structure.

The wooden beams above the dining table recall traditional coffered ceilings made using square structural panels.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

A gap between the roof and the upper storey of the existing house lets light filter down and provides views into the kitchen from the children's room above.

Part of the glazed end wall of the extension swings outwards to link the interior with a deck that juts out into the garden.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

The clients asked for original materials – uncovered when existing surfaces were stripped back – to be retained and incorporated into the design. This included a mosaic tiled floor in the hall next to the entrance.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

A wooden screen was inserted between the hall and the living area to represent the position of the original partition wall.

Made from the same timber as the framework in the extension, and with identical gaps between its panels, the screen also emphasises the contrast between the old and new flooring.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design

Photography is by James Brittain.

Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design
Site plan – click for larger image
Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design
Floor plan and floor finishes – click for larger image
Doyle Gardens by Jonathan Tuckey Design
Section – click for larger image
  • omnicrom

    Lovely, though I think the wooden screen would have been better as a bookcase or shelves.

  • Guest

    Flooring greatly in need of homogeneity.

    • Michael

      I disagree. Would like to know more about what materials have been used (and how they fire rated the timber ceiling).

  • Z-dog

    Much ado about nothing.

  • KD1two3

    Such a peach of the project, the way the zinc cladding lines to the roof grid lines to the wall panelling…