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WHISTLER STREET, ISLINGTON, LONDON N5 3 bedroom house
area: 1055sqft / 98sqm
projected construction cost: £140,000 (PROJECT in coLLaBoration with denizen works) The proposal was to completely reorganise the ground floor section of the house and to create an open plan kitchen, dining and living room area by building a new rear extension. In order to do so the existing ground floor kitchen and masonry bathroom structure above it were demolished so that a new concrete ground slab could be installed. The first floor bathroom structure was subsequently rebuilt, with a 'lighter' brick clad timber frame construction, supported on concealed steel beams and a single circular column. The aim of the design was to replace what was a dark interior space with a light filled kitchen and dining area that was open to the garden terrace area beyond. This was achieved through several elements. A frame-less glazed roof above timber beams was used as a means of getting as much light into the middle of the ground floor plan, along with a large sliding glazed door This, together with the continuity of the same stone slabs providing both internal and external floor surfaces, increased the connection between inside and outside. The new extension was clad in dark stained timber boards that contrasted with the lighter oak used in the sliding door frame, internal exposed beams and the work top of the new kitchen. The living room, entrance hall, main staircase, hallways, bedrooms were also fully refurbished. The newly re-instated first floor bathroom area was spatially redesigned, with the addition of a new glazed roof light above the walk-in shower area.