Canonbury Residence, Islington
Subtle alterations to this five-bedroom family home have created a calm sanctuary for its owners, amongst the bustle of Islington. The property, built in the '90s and located in the Canonbury Conservation Area was in need of remodelling and external conservation; its four floors felt disconnected, and the size and sequence of rooms did not suit the families lifestyle. The family kitchen was located in a small room above the garage, and the family hardly ever used the lower ground floor and garden, as the rooms were dark, uninviting and poorly connected to the rear garden.
Working closely with the client to understand the way they wanted to live in the property, we suggested minor internal and external alterations, which dramatically improved the quality of the spaces, creating a series of functional and clutter-free spaces. The kitchen and utility space are on the lower ground floor and have a concrete tiled floor in contrast with the luxurious oak flooring of the staircase and upper floors.
The neutral muted tones of the kitchen are echoed throughout the house. Each of the five bathrooms has been reconfigured applying a simple material palette using off-white matte tiling and diffused natural light borrowed through internal windows from the central staircase.
'Whittaker Parsons completely redesigned the lower ground floor of our house (including moving the kitchen) and refurbished other areas including bathrooms and bedrooms.
Matthew and Camilla took time to understand what we wanted from the house and showed considerable patience in helping us to choose the final design and the contractor. The project management and communication during the building phase was excellent as was the review of the work post completion.
Throughout the whole process Whittaker Parsons were excellent - creative, patient (important for us) and highly professional in every aspect of their work. They were also a pleasure to work with. We have no hesitation in recommending their services.'
E. Francis, 2019
Photo credit Max Creasy