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

Medium sized contemporary l-shaped kitchen in London with concrete flooring. —  Houzz
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atenka wrote:30 October 2018
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    Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, the polished concrete slab incorporated underfloor heating.



Alexandra Kotsias wrote:14 July 2018
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    Paper House Project
    2 years ago

    Hello, Alexandra. Thanks for getting in touch. The light fittings were client sourced from a salvage yard in Durham. You can get similar fittings (although not antique) from here - http://lampegras.fr/en/modeles/22/304-l-40. James

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Sarah Warwick added this to 10 Ways to Introduce Stylish Wall Lights into Your Kitchen1 March 2018

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

Jo Simmons added this to Kitchen Tour: Polished Concrete and Reclaimed Finds in a London Kitchen13 July 2016

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

Owl Design added this to Illuminating Ways to Boost the Natural Light in Your Home1 June 2016

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.

What Houzz users are commenting on:

dive101 added this to kevin_grant100's Ideas23 July 2020

Exposed beam painted, not boxed in CR

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