written by Alexandra Sousa
So to start the first Wednesday of the year we bring to you the Makers House. The Makers House is a personally crafted home designed by architects Liddicoat & Goldhill in London, has earned itself a place on the RIBA House of the Year shortlist.
The architects played the role of entrepreneurs such as nurturing the house from its birth as a speculative development within a terrace of semi-detached villas to securing finance and then appreciating the cheerful character and texture they spent so long working on over four years by spending a spell there as residents, before finally selling.
Each architectural element of this house reflects the inventive nature of its makers, from reveal treatments to exposed joists and unique handrail treatments. Creating their own brief allowed the house to become a canvas for the architects to explore their own ideas of what domestic architecture should be.
The house fits comfortably with its neighbors, yet also stands out as a maverick on the street. The overhanging roofs match the surrounding domestic architecture, and while the sloping roof meets planning rules, it also rises to the same surprising, yet high-quality approach is seen across the whole house.
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