Family House in North LondonEclectic Dining Room, London
The rear of the property has been extended to the side and opened up into the garden with aluminium French doors with traditional divisions.
The kitchen is Italian, with recessed metal handles and a light coloured marble worktop, which encompasses the freestanding kitchen island on three sides. The fronts have been painted in a Farrow and Ball colour.
The floor tiles are hand made, on top of underfloor heating.
Two Velux windows give additional light to the side extension roof.
Photography by Chris Snook
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Add more lightWhile the house might be light and bright now, that definitely wasn’t the case when Canham and her husband bought it. “It was very dark and dingy,” she recalls, “so it was important to create a light and airy feel by maximising the space as much as possible.”The couple have drawn lots of light into the kitchen-diner thanks to a new side-return extension with plenty of glazing, including two skylights. If you’re thinking of adding a side return, glazing should be a big consideration. “One of the main reasons why the Victorians and Edwardians followed the ‘out-rigger’ formula for terrace and, to a great extent, semi-detached houses, too, was that this allowed windows to be available to bring light and ventilation into the space in the middle of the house,” says Hugo Tugman of Tugman Studio. “Building an extension into the side return therefore runs the risk of creating the kind of dark spaces the original builders were trying to avoid, so employing significant amounts of glazing, particularly in the side-return roof, can enhance the daylight within.”Discover more about side-return extensions in our beginner’s guide.