You would have heard us harping on over and over again about how the kitchen is the heart and soul of the modern home many, many times in the past. And no matter how organized, efficient and aesthetic rest of your house is, a poor kitchen immediately brings it all crashing down. Faced with a similar conundrum, residents of this classic British home in Whitehall Park Conservation Area, Islington opted for a smart renovation that turned the old side return into a modern kitchen while expanding the dining area and social space.
It was Yard Architects who reconstructed the old side extension completely, altered the place of the kitchen and added a whole new dining area and kitchen space that is far more open, cheerful and connected with the outdoors. But that is not all you have here with the previous dining area being turned into a utility room and custom décor additions providing more storage space and improving the quality of the family area. With a fully glazed roof and electrically operated roof-lights along with louvres made of oak adding to the grand visual, there is no lack of natural ventilation in here.
The custom wooden storage bench that runs across the length of the dining room and morphs into an outdoor sitting bench on the other side of the window is another fine touch to this classy transformation. Elegant, efficient and still staying true to its roots, the renovation maximizes space and resources without leaning heavily towards modernity. [Photography: Emanuelis Stasaitis]