A family house extension and renovation in North London
YEAR 2019 | SIZE 260m² | CLIENT Adriana
Although this terraced house in North London had three bedrooms, the clients needed more space to be able to host family and friends. The house was set over two narrow floors and one loft. The ground floor was quite dark and the biggest inconvenience was the internal walls blocking the flow of light and the vision of the garden.
They wanted to connect the garden with the interior of the house. At the same time, they wished to keep the rooms as open and bright as possible. The clients were dreaming about a big beautiful space to spend time with her family and friends. Additionally, they also needed a loft extension to add a new bedroom to the property. With the loft extension, they will enjoy a great master bedroom on that floor.
The biggest concern was the light. Also, as the ground floor was so narrow, the clients needed guidance about how to distribute the open area in a clever way. They wanted a big sofa, an island in the kitchen and a dining area close to the garden. However, they didn’t know how to make it work and how to make the most of the open space.
Regarding the style, the clients were inclined for contemporary and bright rooms with Nordic warm vibes. A mood board using materials and textures to give warmth to the rooms was proposed. At the same time, mirrors and reflective materials were a must to improve the amount of light in every room. .
The ground floor was the most important space for our clients. They wanted to keep it as open and as big as possible. In order to achieve this, the only walls planned on this floor were the ones that enclose the bathroom. Another requirement was to be able to see the tv from every corner of the open plan. They wanted to use the TV in the living room and, sometimes, in the dining room or kitchen.
After thinking about the design and layout of the ground floor, we decided to separate the living room from the dining room with a bespoke tv stand unit. This way, the tv stand creates a difference between areas, allowing open space and visual communication at the same time. Also, it would be easy for them to rotate the television to one side or another, depending on their needs.
To create contrast and define the different areas, we proposed wooden boards covering the living room wall. This way, we added warmth to the open plan and visually make a distinction between the living room and the rest.
While these wooden boards keep the areas separated in a visual way, the line stripes on the ceiling create a connection in the whole space.
In the end, the layout of the ground floor was welcoming and spacious. The L shape sofa is inviting you to sit and get comfortable. The way to the kitchen is clear and you can even see the garden from the entrance.
Besides the ground floor design, the clients also needed help with the bedrooms. We decided to follow the same neutral warm palette for all the rooms of the house. White mixed with neutral tones and wood.
Regarding the bedrooms, they wanted simple and practical guest bedrooms. For their little girl, they required a beautiful room where she can have her space to sleep and play. The Nordic style bed is the main element in the kid’s bedroom. A small table, a storage box, and one closet is all the furniture the little girl needed in her room.
A comfortable bedroom on the top floor was part of the brief. The loft extension allowed a big master bedroom, one dressing area, and one complete bathroom on this new floor.
Placing the bed behind the sloped ceiling was a good idea to make this space look more cozy and intimate. One side table and a chest of drawers function as storage and decorative elements for this room. The wallpaper behind the chest of drawers gives nuances of the colour palette that we were using while emphasizing the tranquil mood we wanted to achieve.
The bedroom is divided from the dressing room by the closet. Useful shelves for shoes and accessories are in the corners of the dressing room. In this area, the main element is a dressing table with a round mirror hanging on the wall.
The different textures and soft colours play an important role in the design. The same wallpaper used behind the chest of drawers is also covering the right wall of the room. The wallpaper unifies both areas and contributes to create an intimate mood giving warmth and interest to the whole space.
What our clients say about us
“My biggest concern was to create a beautiful and practical room where we could spend time with family and friends. The living room and dining room seemed impossible to conect in a practical way that worked for all of us. Talking and working with Tania was the key to solve all of our problems!”
Adriana, owner of this property and client of The White Interior