Much as I’m lusting after a house in the country, I could be tempted by a city house with a green and leafy view. Such as this one located in Islington, London, with it’s thriving, bustling neighbourhood only a stones throw from the city. Nearby of course is a huge selection of shops, theatres, bars and restaurants. Notably, the Little Angel theatre is just around the corner and Ottolenghi is a four minute walk via the coffee-shop-lined Cross Street. And even more tempting for this country girl at heart, the green space of the New River Walk is moments away. As are the garden squares and tree-lined streets of Barnsbury and Canonbury.
Another big temptation is the interior that has been designed by architect Alan Drumm, one of the founders of Uncommon Projects.
The house is part of a terrace originally built in 1954 by Thames Water as a series of workers’ cottages. The current owners have undertaken an ambitious and comprehensive refurbishment throughout, adding a 3 metre rear extension, a loft conversion with new roof and cedar shingle cladding, double glazed steel windows (practically a style necessity these days), and extensive re-planning of the first two floors to create more generous, free flowing spaces.
On the first floor are two even sized double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The loft conversion, on the second floor, is home to the master bedroom with under eaves storage, and a separate shower room. The Uncommon Projects craftsmanship continues throughout the top floors, with bespoke wardrobes and bathroom cabinetry.
On the ground floor is an expansive open-plan living room and kitchen with full-height glazing spanning the width of the house and filling the space with all that lush greenery. The two French doors open to the peaceful, oasis of a garden with brick paving and a patio. Personally I couldn’t live without outside space so this would be the biggest asset for me. The large kitchen is an exquisite example of Uncommon Projects design, with their trademark bespoke birch plywood cabinetry with oak and cork veneer.
Engineered oak parquet flooring runs throughout this ground floor space and creates an easy transition from living room to kitchen. A gas fireplace acts as a focal point in the winter months and recessed and freestanding Uncommon Projects furniture provides additional storage throughout. Yep, that’s everything my heart desires covered.
I guess the ideal would be a house in the country and a crash pad in the city. Although never in a million years (million being the clue in this case) could my budget stretch that far!
Currently for sale via Aucoot.