Project complete: Islington N1
Today we are featuring a project we recently completed in Islington to extend a Grade II listed terrace property dating back to 1845. The property is set over 4 floors but the existing layout only had one bathroom and a very small kitchen. The clients called us in to extend the kitchen, refurbish the current bathroom, and also create a shower room by extending a 1920′s closest extension. Various other improvements such as a new boiler system, the installation of a water softener and removal of asbestos was also included in the project.
After initial discussions with Islington Council we agreed on a glass extension to the property. This style of extension helps to define the break between the old and new so is often the preferred choice when you are extending a listed property. Our proposed plans were submitted for pre planning approval, this is always a wise choice when dealing with listed properties, and full planning approval followed without any delays.
With the initial building works completed we contracted a specialist company to provide the glass extension. The structural glass for this had to pass through the small hallway of the house so we measured and measured, and then checked and checked the measurements! Finally the structure was in place with a roof so strong you could park an original Mini on it.
After building the glass box we removed all the existing walls in the lower ground floor to open up the new space. There was another stressful moment in the project as 5 metre structural steels had to pass through the house. All the pressure was worth it as the enlarged kitchen is now four times the size of the previous one. Also due to the use of glass, for the first time since buying the house the owners can use the kitchen without needing to switch the lights on.
Due to the open plan nature of the new space we chose handleless kitchen cabinetry, with a combination of antique white and walnut doors. As the room is north facing the addition of walnut warms up what could easily become a cold space. The contemporary style of doors is complemented by a white Maia worktop. A porcelain tile was chosen for the floor for the contemporary style, but also for practicality as the family have a dog. It has the added luxury of underfloor heating for cold winter mornings.
As the lady of house is a very keen and accomplished cook the choice of appliances was very important. She made it very clear from the outset that Miele appliances were her favoured choice, and even attended a course at the Miele London Gallery to learn more. We installed our first steam oven on this project, which is housed with a regular fan oven and a warming draw – apparently you can slow cook joints of lamb in the warming draw. A Miele wine fridge was top of the list for the man of the house, and we installed a full height larder fridge to cope with the demands of a family of four.
The new bathrooms are very different in style. The newly constructed shower room on the top of the closest extension is completely tiled in honed slate. This room was designed for the man of the house, although apparently it is regularly used by the whole household now. The refurbished main bathroom retains a bath and is designed for more leisurely bathing with a soft beige colour scheme.
Our clients are now enjoying their new enlarged space and agree that the ‘experience’ of living at home through a renovation was worth the final results. The enlarged kitchen has become the heart of their home and the glass extension combines seamlessly with the original fabric of the house. Further pictures of this project can be seen in the September 2013 issue of Beautiful Kitchens.
All photography by Paul Craig www.pcraig.co.uk
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