Room Tour: A Hint of Victorian Style Softens a New Extension
Steel-framed glazing, London stock bricks and a parquet floor bring character to this lovely kitchen and living room
What started as a compromise, however, has become a feature the owners particularly like, as the living space and kitchen now have a slight separation that really works for family life.
Who lives here? A couple and their three sons
Location North London
Property A Victorian terrace with four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Architect Fatimah Ishmael of MODEL Projects
Interior designer Aysha Interiors
Photos by Chris Snook
The owners had gathered lots of images to show architectural designer Fatimah Ishmael what they had in mind. “The wife is an avid Houzz user,” Fatimah says, explaining that seeing photos of steel-framed doors gave her the idea for what was to become one of the project’s key features.
“That was the first decision and the interior would revolve around them. Then, as we were going for a traditional look with these, I proposed exposed brick, too, for the wall that touches all three sets of windows.”
In terms of the layout for the newly extended space, Fatimah explains, “The kitchen was a major thing. The owners cook a lot and like to spend time in the kitchen, which had previously been quite small and dark. They also wanted a utility room – really valuable, as they have three kids – and a snug area, to keep the family together when the parents are cooking.”
Steel-framed doors, Fabco.
“The owners were keen to have a feature wall. Initially, this was going to be the wall on the left, but I suggested putting the brick here,” Fatimah says. “Now it’s what you see when you enter the kitchen. It’s functional as well as decorative, as it hides a beam over the window and a column.”
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Inside, there’s storage space for pots, pans and plates spread between drawers and cupboards. The design of the island allows for seating on two sides, making it a very family-friendly and sociable place to sit.
The induction/gas combination hob features a built-in extractor, freeing up the ceiling for four pendant lights.
The flooring is engineered timber laid in a parquet formation. It has underfloor heating.
A combination of a roof light (over the kitchen) and openable Velux windows (on the left-hand side of the space) brings plenty of light deep into the extension.
Next to the pantry, there’s housing for the fridge-freezer with two cupboards above.
There’s already plenty of storage, so some open shelving over the sink breaks up the units and allows space for displaying favourite items. An antique mirror splashback boosts light and makes the room look wider.
On either side of the sink there’s a dishwasher (right) and more cabinet space and then, above the worktop, there’s a breakfast cupboard with a microwave and coffee machine, toaster and kettle. The rest of the units are general cupboard storage space.
Kitchen cabinets, Neptune. Perimeter units painted in Driftwood; island unit painted in Charcoal, both Neptune own-brand. Fridge-freezer; hob; pendant lights, all sourced by the owners.
The joist had to be doubled at the point where the hanging chair is fixed to make the seat secure.
The tall cabinet provides more kitchen storage.
Worktops, The Marble Group.
The room has no window, but the clever positioning of a mirror in the same style as the doors and windows elsewhere gives the sense of there being one.
Cabinetry, painted in Cashmere, Howdens. Tiles, Fired Earth.
The render is painted white to complement the London stock brick wall and black doors. “It’s a simple palette that allows these details to stand out,” Fatimah says.
A door on the left goes down to the cellar and originally this is where the tiles stopped, as there used to be a wall here. Careful repair work allowed these to be recreated and to continue right up to the new opening to the kitchen, which the extension had pushed back.
The team replaced the timber door to the living room, just seen on the right, to bring in more light and chime with the steel doors at the back.
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