The property lies in the conservation area of Barnsbury, North London. The project transforms a Grade II listed modest four storey including attic and basement Georgian mid-terraced townhouse.
Before the renovation, the kitchen and dining spaces were in the dark lower ground floor. The clients wished to reorganise their occupation of the house to make better use of the bright, high ceilinged period rooms of the ground and first floors, and to add an additional bedroom and bathroom for their growing family. The works involved a full renovation including internal re-structuring, refurbishment, and a modest single storey rear extension.
Raising the kitchen to the ground floor creates a bright new family space with views through from front to back that is better connected to the south-facing garden.
The bespoke kitchen was designed around the period features of the ground floor rooms such as the fireplaces, door and window surrounds. This involved the design of a suite of bespoke joinery elements which use spray lacquered MDF, oak and marble (kitchen worktop – also bathroom wall and floor finishes) as the primary materials. These materials were used to create kitchen wall storage units, wardrobes, shelves and desks throughout the house. The aim was that the new interventions should sit coherently with, and compliment, the period detail and features of the original house.