Holton StreetContemporary Kitchen, London
Set within the Carlton Square Conservation Area in East London, this two-storey end of terrace period property suffered from a lack of natural light, low ceiling heights and a disconnection to the garden at the rear.
The clients preference for an industrial aesthetic along with an assortment of antique fixtures and fittings acquired over many years were an integral factor whilst forming the brief. Steel windows and polished concrete feature heavily, allowing the enlarged living area to be visually connected to the garden with internal floor finishes continuing externally. Floor to ceiling glazing combined with large skylights help define areas for cooking, eating and reading whilst maintaining a flexible open plan space.
This simple yet detailed project located within a prominent Conservation Area required a considered design approach, with a reduced palette of materials carefully selected in response to the existing building and it’s context.
Photographer: Simon Maxwell
What Houzz contributors are saying:
A final look at the back of this large extension illustrates how matching isn’t important for the wall lights in the two different areas – the style and materials are sympathetic, and the different colours help to delineate the individual zones.When you’re planning lighting for different parts of the kitchen, talk to your electrician about putting the lights on different circuits, so they can be operated independently.See 10 wall lights that don’t need wiring in
The L-shape of the extension features a square space at its heart, which contains the kitchen and dining area, and a smaller area extending out at the rear, which opens onto the garden. “It’s a perfect spot for sitting and reading,” says Davies.How to create zones to organise your home
Add light-reflective materialsThink about the materials you use in your home and opt for ones that help reflect the light. Bright white walls and pale neutrals will bounce back daylight and enhance the calm, spacious feel a well-lit room provides. Here, the polished concrete floor also helps to rebound the sunlight.