Kick'n Trends - Aura Homes

BLOG POST: KICK’N TRENDS 2019

Our key approach? MAXIMISING SPACE! Our aim is to maximise your floor space and tailor to your needs

TREND: INFILL EXTENSIONS

We all know London is short on space! There’s no surprise we are filling in every little bit of spare or wasted space within our properties that we possibly can..Here’s a great idea for utilising narrow wasted spaces between your house and your neighbours.

If you love the effect of a glazed space, or a ‘glass box’ in homes, this could be a good place to implement the idea. Make sure you’re getting the best out of all corners, nooks and crannies of your property.


Glass spaces in your home create connection between interiors and nature. They frame aspects of your exterior surroundings the same way hanging a painting would. Whether that be of the sky or of a plant in your garden, glass spaces create the contact between you and the outside world.

The sloped roofs of these glass side extensions are giving these homes added natural daylight no matter what direction the house is oriented. For maximum benefits a south facing slope will receive the most direct sunlight. However, maybe your glazed space is off your kitchen and you would like it to be at its brightest during breakfast hours? An east facing slope will give you this effect.

One of our clever clients already caught on to the infill extension trend… We designed this glazed addition to replace an empty side alley that previously ran alongside their home.

Our key approach? MAXIMISING SPACE! Our aim is to maximise your floor space and tailor to your needs

TREND: MEZZANINES

Another space saver idea! Mezzanines are a great way to squeeze in an extra room if you have the ample floor to ceiling heights that so many traditional London homes hold.

A mezzanine can be a fully functioning space you walk around in and carryout daily tasks. It alternatively can be a small hub, made to maybe sit, lie, or your children to play!

Perhaps a space not designed for everyday use, but for when you have additional people staying with you, or for when you just need to get away from the main busy rooms of the house.

Maybe you don’t have ample floor to ceiling space to create an additonal floor but you could open the ceiling up to the rafters to create an airy double height space.


Take a look at this example —————————————————————————->


Imagine there is a wall closing off these two rooms… They would be pretty standard, boxed in rooms, with not a lot of windows. By creating a double height openness adjacent to these rooms completely opens them up and eliminates any boxed in or cramped feelings.

You can add light to the downstairs space from roof lights on the first level. The double height space (at the foot of the stairs in this case) only needs to be small! A couple of metres maybe.. meaning you’re only eliminating a couple of metres floor space from the upstairs level.

Do you think this could be worth it in your home?!

(Note: Structural limitations could restrict some home owners from this idea)

Our key approach? MAXIMISING SPACE! Our aim is to maximise your floor space and tailor to your needs

TREND: LIGHT-WELLS

We all know basements are a trend here in London, but there’s always new trends arising on how we can fill these basements with natural light and ventilation.

If not designed well, basements can be dark, cold and feel separated from the rest of the house. Light-wells are a great way of connecting an underground space with nature and the world above.

They fill a room with natural sunlight and allow for natural ventilation too. The attached light-well precedent pics all include gardens.. Create an indoor garden feel without the commitment of watering pot plants every day!

If you want your light-well to be a major statement.. you could even make it double height – collecting light from the second level of your home and projecting it all the way into your basement. Now your basement can be the heart of your home. 

Thinking about creating your own basement space? Get in touch with us today.



Ben Richards
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