XUL Architecture / Malcolm Menzies
Colourful tiles, a large open plan kitchen and dining space, and modern fittings have transformed this home in the Hampstead Garden Suburb of London.
Inside the two-storey, two-bedroom home is a sense of lightness and brightness that flows throughout.
A collaboration between Joanna Williams Interiors, Blakes London bespoke kitchens and XUL Architecture has seen this Grade II listed Arts & Crafts house transformed from one which previously had significant layout issues, dating back to when the house was originally built.
As with many of the homes built within the Hampstead Garden Suburb, the opportunity to extend the house was restricted, which meant that the effectiveness of the existing building footprint had to be maximised. To achieve this, XUL Architecture removed the original chimney stack to connect the ground and first floor spaces and relocated the kitchen to a new area in the home. This allowed the ground floor space to be opened up, creating a far more balanced flow through each room.
The large open plan kitchen exudes a warm Mediterranean vibe thanks to a colourful patterned tiled backsplash and light sawn timber cabinetry. The welcoming space has been made even more inviting with the addition of banquette seating beneath the bay window that looks out onto the garden. It even has ingenious hidden storage built in too.
‘By taking the decision not to put any utilities on the island, we were able to create a space that served as a fabulous buffet station when the family entertain,’ said Annie Ebenston, Lead Designer at Blakes London. ‘The hanging shelf above the island, created an interesting and unusual focal point above the island and by supporting the shelf on a blackened steel hanging frame we were able to inject a touch of industrial style edge to what is otherwise a contemporary shaker style kitchen.’
The number of original bedrooms on the second floor was reduced from three smaller bedrooms to accommodate two larger and more spacious ones. And both have their own generously sized en-suite bathrooms. By combining the two bedrooms the landing space has also been reduced, but in doing so it has created a more usable space as well as corridors on this level.
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