Aberdeen Park

House refurbishment, London



Private client

The refurbishment of this late Victorian, four-storey detached house located in North London was focused around improving the physical environment in the living and dining areas. The brief aimed to connect these spaces with the kitchen, which was originally isolated from the rest of the house, and facilitate the filtration of direct sunlight into all areas.

The refurbishment also included remedial works to improve the structural integrity of the existing building, including substantial work to the roof structure and external walls.

A two-floor contemporary conservatory made from steel and glass replaced the existing two-storey timber and glass extension that looked onto a large north facing rear garden.

The extension, designed with insulated glass and a bespoke steel structure, bridges the external space and the garden.

In order to create a degree of privacy within the extension, steel framed mesh screens were installed internally and stained softwood shutters were added externally.

A den area on the lower ground floor houses a TV area and playroom and opens onto the rear patio and garden. A new winding staircase connects the den to the kitchen above via the new conservatory. The touch of glass in the kitchen was introduced to make a direct visual connection to the den below.

The original Victorian staircase, which is a significant part of the original fabric, was retained.

The client’s vast collection of books was housed within in a library made of walnut shelves and mild steel uprights punctured with glass slots.