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24 St John's Church Road

Gracefully refurbished Victorian terrace introducing the UK's first heated clay ceiling system. Natural and reclaimed materials complement original features throughout. Modern extension with sedum roof. Art on display.


Silke Stevens



24 St John's Church Road E9 6EJ

Sat 1pm-5pm/Sun 10am-5pm. Last entry 4.30pm.

Hackney Central, Hackney Downs, London Fields

488, 425, 48, 38, 277

  • Architect on site
  • Green features
  • Partial disabled
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets available

24 ST JOHN’S CHURCH ROAD The buildingOn purchase, the Victorian mid terrace house in 24 St John_s Church Road, built in 1856, was in a poor condition both structurally and decoratively. It had only changed hands once previously in 1922 and had been squatted in for years before works began. This offered challenges but also great opportunities as many features had remained untouched since Victorian times.Restoration worksThe unique condition of the original building set the parameters for the restoration works.Clay plaster partitions, brick fireplaces and pine floorboards, once exposed, gave a warm and authentic feel to the building which the architect was keen to retain. Under-floor heating was not considered an option due to the excellent condition of the original floor boards, hence alternative heating systems were sought with the aim of maintaining rooms without radiators. The German NATURBO clay panel heating system ticked all boxes in terms of invisibility, sustainability, finish and low running costs. It was imported and installed by Lamabuild Ltd. as ceiling heating on all floors and as such is the first of its kind in the UK.Under-floor heating was reserved for the modern extension only.NATURBO clay wall and ceiling heatingBenefits- Dry installation- Low running costs- Excellent room climate due to breathability- SustainabilityThe warmth of the clay ceiling and timber floors, paired with exposed timber sash windows and brick fire places, is further accentuated in winter by the gentle, yet fast and effective warmth of the heated ceilings.Extension worksDue to the poor condition of much of the original brick work the existing single storey extension was deemed unsafe and had to be demolished. It gave way to a double storey extension and ground floor side return housing kitchen and bathrooms. The ground floor kitchen offered the architect the opportunity to introduce modern finishes. The light filled space with full height sliding glass doors, polished concrete flooring, frameless skylights, Valchromat and Corian worksurfaces and a sedum roof offers uninterrupted views of the rear garden.Green credentials- Fully insulated roof – Fully insulated front and back elevations- Reclaimed brick- Double glazing throughout- Sedum roof- Low temperature wet ceiling / underfloor heating throughoutOn completion, the house felt lived in, without being furnished. The excellent insulation, breathable ceilings, gentle heating and warmth of materials make it a welcoming home for generations to come and a model for well considered restoration.