Houzz Tour: Extending Adds Light and Space to a Midcentury Flat
An extension and practical layout give this chic, contemporary apartment a sense of flow
“We always start by looking for inspiration, so we used Houzz for researching images and collaborating,” architect and interior designer Jolanta Cajzer says. The result is a beautifully designed space that functions perfectly for the family and allows them to introduce their own style and personality.
Who lives here? A couple and their teenage daughter
Location North London
Property A post-war apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Architect and designer Jolanta Cajzer of Studio 212
Photos by Tom Kurek
The living room and kitchen in this midcentury apartment are separated by a central hallway, but the two spaces still feel connected. Key to this are the black steel partitions either side of the living room’s wide opening, which help to divide the areas while allowing for a direct view between them.
“The black steel contrasts well with the oak flooring,” Jolanta says. “It also complements the glazed cupboards in the kitchen.”
Jolanta explains that the living room layout was dictated by a desire to be able to have views in all directions, while still keeping the seating area separate.
The choice of low-profile chairs and sofa ensures an uninterrupted view of the terrace from the seating zone, while narrow legs bring a feeling of space into the area.
Engineered oak flooring, Barlinek. Underfloor heating, Nu-Heat. Sofa and armchairs, Sits. Pendant light, Wayfair.
The curtains are hung behind an MDF pelmet with LED lighting within the recess to create an ambient glow in the evenings. Lighting elsewhere in the room consists of more LED strips within a recessed ceiling and in the joinery, while spotlights create a clean diffused light when needed.
Curtains, The Curtain Factory.
The apartment’s two terraces (this one is off the living room) were rendered and redesigned to complement the rest of the elevation.
“We used tinted dark glass to clad the elevator,” Jolanta says. “You want to check how you look before you leave the house and there were no walls for a mirror, so we decided to use that surface instead.
“It also hides a secondary door and doubles the amount of light coming into that room,” she adds.
LED lighting beneath the cabinets provides a soft glow in the evening.
Kitchen made bespoke using 1100 cabinet carcasses, Egger; cabinets painted in RAL 9016. Marble-effect tiles, Tubądzin.
The team designed a small dressing table alongside the door to the en suite.
Pendant and reading lights, Wayfair.
Pulpis tiles, Tubądzin.
When the family have guests staying, the pocket door can be closed and the sofa bed pulled out to create an extra bedroom.
When asked how the family feel about their renovation now, Jolanta says, “I always go back to see clients to learn what works and what doesn’t. They’re lovely people and are very happy with their home.”
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