Thank you so much for answering my little survey last night in my Instagram stories. Since 98% of you wanted to see more house tours, I thought I would kick in with this home in Islington (nice area in north London to visit if you’re planning a little trip) featuring a minimalist plywood kitchen, which I find really inspiring for several reasons.
First, it’s filled with natural light which in a city like London, is always a good thing.
We added a lot of large windows when we renovated our home in London and I can’t stress enough the positive impact it had on our well-being and the overall vibe of our home so if you’re planning a renovation, think large windows (I’ve compiled some great examples of windows here).
It has also a polished concrete floor, which is what I’m hoping to have in the next home we renovate (not that there is anything in the pipeline but you know…it doesn’t hurt to plan and add it to the vision mood board, right!?)
A brilliant space-saving design concept
And then, there is this beautiful plywood module which hosts the kitchen, stairs but also includes a desk with adjacent shelving and a utility room + cloakroom tucked underneath the stairs.
Basically, lots of storage which is one the key components for an uncluttered home (that and not being a hoarder obviously!)
Given that my article How to create a stunning plywood kitchen was my second most-read article last year (first one was these valuable 45 lessons which I recently re-shared on Facebook), I’m hoping that the majority of you will find this interesting if you’re planning a kitchen renovation.
This plywood box concept is also something I saw in the loft we stayed in last February in Lisbon, which hosted stairs, bathroom and a mezzanine for the bedroom and I think it’s a brilliant space-saving design, don’t you think!?
A home office cleverly tucked away on the top of the stairs
In this article on how to optimise your home office space, I wrote a while back, there was 4.2 million people working from home in the UK alone. I suspect this number has increased drastically since then and cleverly converting a corner of your home that can be used as an office, will increase your chance of selling your property and widen your target audience.
Rather than being confined to a small bedroom, this one has been designed to fit on the top of the plywood cube on the landing, leaving this family made of a couple and two small children, the full use of the bedrooms they have.
Before the renovations, the bedrooms were on the ground floor level, dark and small while the kitchen was upstairs.
To create a connection with the rear external courtyard, Architect Larissa Johnston reconfigured the whole space, moving the bedrooms upstairs and creating an open-plan living space downstairs with direct access to the back garden.
The rear wall was removed to be replaced by a floor to ceiling sliding window and sky windows added to let more natural light in.
“The restrained nature of the material palette is designed to complement the simplicity of the spaces,” said the architect
Throughout the house, the use of material like plywood, polished concrete and white plaster added to generous high ceilings and tall windows contribute to give this maisonnette a feeling of space.
Downstairs, all the existing partitions were demolished and replaced with a supporting steel structure concealed within the walls.Last but not least, are the toilets which tick my box. I know I get weirdly excited (not obsessed!) by toilets design but I think it’s a room that often gets the least attention and it’s nice to see some inspiring “powder rooms” (one expression I never use) for a change, don’t you think!?
So that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this house tour. You can see more house tours here and this year, I’m adding a RESOURCES section (see below) to give you more info to dig into, which I’m hoping you will find useful.
I would love if you could leave a comment and let me know what you thought or what topic re. home renovations would be of interest to you xoxo
CH24 Wishbone chairs (around the dining table) | similar contemporary white dining table (currently on sale) | copper pendant lights (above the kitchen table) | copper pendant light | Artek stool 60 (spotted in the home office).
Architect: Larissa Johnston
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