My Houzz: A Creative Family Home in Northeast London
A pair of architects with a passion for DIY and upcycling have transformed a former council flat into a characterful family home
Who lives here Barbara Toscani and François Martens, both architects, and their two children, Matthieu, 4, and Maxime, 2
Location Hackney, northeast London
Year renovated 2015
Architects Barbara Toscani and François Martens
Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Budget Around £35,000
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Radically transforming a property on a low budget is not an easy feat. Barbara and François were able to do it by using low-cost and recycled materials, reinventing them with simple, clever ideas. They had fun, as architects, creating a home with their own hands that would reflect their personality and taste. For anyone who sees this home, it’s a treasure trove of brilliant ideas for maximising and personalising a space.
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