House in Islington

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Location: Islington London N1

Client: Private

Project Year: 2014

Cost: £100k - £500k

A new single storey 2 bedroom ‘urban cabin’ on a tight corner of Elfort Road: The irregular shaped site slots in-between the end of two terraces: 3 post-war ex council houses on one side and a typical Victorian terrace on the other. The site had previously been used as a car workshop and more recently for car parking.

The house has been deliberately and robustly crafted; the walls are handmade brick, doors and windows are bespoke cedar with cedar cladding internally and externally. Internal joinery helps to maximise the usable space. Exposed sawn timber joists over main areas are painted grey and the ceilings to circulation and service areas are smooth and white. Main light fittings are vintage Danish but the building is naturally lit via a series of large roof lights. The roof is a bio-diverse green roof planted with wild flowers.

The house has been designed to achieve high passive standards of heating, insulation and ventilation and achieves CfSH level 4.

Photographs by Sarah Blee

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Internal view of dining/kitchen area, photograph by Sarah Blee

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Internal view of dining area, photograph by Sarah Blee

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Part of bedroom, photograph by Sarah Blee

Post Image View looking North East from garden, photograph by Sarah Blee.