Private Client

Crosscut House

A complete refurbishment and extension of a tired 1980's house at the end of a late Victorian terrace in Cambridge.

The overarching concept re-imagines the building as a mews home, accentuating its differences to its neighbours. The diagonally laid Siberian larch boards on the front porch are a signature statement, while the grey painted brick façade complements new aluminium windows.

The spaces are centred on a feature staircase of CNC-milled birch ply stained a rich red.  Jewel-like in its double-height alcove, it seems to stand alone as a separate piece of furniture, signalling the heart of the home.

The ground floor spaces are now all interconnected through new full-height sliding pocket doors that afford uninterrupted vistas right through to the garden and give a generous open-plan feel – without losing the ability to close off spaces as required.


Generous new windows on the east and south walls, along with a new west rooflight through the rear extension, fill the space with light. The character of the spaces changes as the play of light and shadow gently evolves from sun rise to sun set.

Crosscut House
Private Client
September 2017
Cambridge, UK
Alan DempseyShimin CaoAlan Ma
Jim Stephenson
Quantity surveyor: Nex Interior Design: Nex Structural engineer: Cambridge Architectural Research