Barnsbury (Islington) N1
4 bedroom house
Design and project management of a complex structural alteration of a listed building on an iconic Islington garden square, transforming a dark and under-used lower ground floor into a beautiful, light filled family living and dining space.
The homeowner, Emily, was referred to us by another long-standing client to design and project manage the reconfiguration of the lower ground floor of her home. This included kitchen, plant room, utility area and pantry storage, dining room and sitting/ garden room together with affected areas of the garden.
We produced detailed designs of the reconfigured spaces to ensure every aspect was used to its maximum potential.
We then arranged structural engineering, party wall and Building Control advice and implementation, and took the project to tender.
On commencing strip out, a suspected damp problem was found to be very serious. Based on experience, we were able to deduce this might be due to defective drainage under the house, as well the usual problems of rising and penetrating damp in old houses such as these. We used trusted drainage experts to fix the problem in situ, with minimal disruption to the interior of the house. We also used our experienced damp proof specialists to fit a damp-proofing solution suitable for the Georgian building but also for the demands of modern life.
The long term damp problem had unfortunately caused significant damage to the brickwork and timberwork in the lower floor of the house but we were able, working closely with the main contractor to devise a durable but low cost and low impact solution to repair and renovate these areas.
We worked with a bespoke kitchen designer to prepare to and fit a complex kitchen design and installed piped underfloor heating throughout.
We carefully considered lighting locations and styles and colour palettes for each area to emphasise the newly introduced light throughout. Our contractors lived up to our exacting standards in producing a really fantastic finish throughout – the clients are delighted with the transformation.
“The house is wonderful – we are very pleased with the result and can’t thank you and the team enough for making it happen! The main contractors and their team have been remarkable and so careful and precise! They really are professional and careful builders and skilled individuals. We will miss them!”