Joining two cottages together in Islington, London
Located off a narrow pedestrian passage in a North London conservation area, these two adjoining cottages sit within a mix of retail and residential 18th- and 19th-century buildings on narrow plot-widths. The cottages are probably 18th century in origin, but they had undergone considerable alteration over the years, predominately in the 20th century, so that little original fabric remained. A further extension to a ground floor extension had been added in 2006, and many of the rooms did not function in terms of space or flow.
We joined the two cottages together, designing a replacement staircase in a very tight space up into a Mansard roof in one of them, created a new library with a faux bookcase door and opened out the ground floor living room.