ISLINGTON HOUSE – JUPITER
Our clients wanted an ecological refurbishment and extension of their large terraced house near Highbury and Islington. We created a warm and cosy family home using warm, colourful, ecological materials and energy saving technology.
- Recycled glass worktops in kitchen and bathroom, by Resilica.co.uk featured in GrandDesignsmagazine.
- Solar panel integrated into upwards extension. We rebuilt a flat to be pitched at a good angle for solar water heating – and to give height to the low bathroom below.
- Green roof planted with flowering sedums. Within days of this being installed bumble bees were buzzing around it.
- All single glazed windows replaced with double glazing
- Frames for the new windows made from Accoya, which is softwood treated to be as hard as tropical hardwood (without contributing to deforestation).
- Passive solar design – vines are growing up a pergola over the glass extension, to give shade in summer.
- Timber frame construction where possible.
- Insulation under the ground floor.
- Dedicated space to hang laundry to minimise tumble dryer use.
- Rain water harvesting for watering the garden.
- Plastic lawn replaced with a tapestry lawn with several hardy ground covering plants which don’t need mowing.
- An edible garden with lots of fruit and herbs packed into a fairly small urban garden.
- Improved the loft insulation at the same time as improving the storage in the loft.
We opened up the ground floor to create a light open family space. We created a playful internal window between first floor study and ground floor kitchen, comparable to the internal window in our Cannonbury House – Thor project. This is one of five projects we have done in Calabria Road in N5.
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Our client says,
“we really loved Jo and Adrie’s attention to detail, especially during the construction process. They made sure that the final result was well-designed and exactly what we wanted.”