This is one of the first projects that we did, way back in 2010. We keep it in our portfolio as our clients were just so happy with the results.
We transformed an old shop in the Colebrooke Row Conservation Area in Islington into a modern new home for our clients.
The end result is a great duplex flat conversion, with a bright kitchen and living space and a fantastic bedroom with lots of built in storage.
Change of Use
Our clients had bought the space and wanted to turn it in to their dream home. It had to have a warmer feel and needed lots of work.
Most important of all was that it did not yet have permission for residential use. So a planning application for change of use was required.
As the site is in a Conservation Area our clients were nervous about getting permission, but we advised them on the best route to take.
Colebrooke Row Conservation Area
The site is in a Conservation Area in the heart of Islington, just off Upper Street.
It used to be a shop, and still had the old shop front glazing and door.
We gave advice on the Planning Policy that would apply, and got permission for lawful use as a flat. Once this was in place we could apply for the design changes that our client wanted.
Interior Design Details
We knew that the interior design of such a small flat would be important. So we focussed on creating a great bedroom, study and bathroom in the basement.
We designed built in storage, an open staircase and a walk-on glass roof light above. This is a nice touch to bring even more light in to the lower part of the flat.
The ground floor of the flat is given over to a big living area and kitchen. The new timber sash windows at the front really change the feel of the space. We have used an obscured glass in the lower sash for privacy, and the planners at Islington supported the change.
Home Design Ideas
We planned details such as raised wall panels and ceiling coving to give the space a homely feel. The chimney breast is clad in a warm copper tile with an inset gel fire. And we planned some clever built in storage under the staircase to make sure we were using every inch of the flat.
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