We extended, rearranged, and refurbished this Islington house. The client was surprised when instead of proposing the usual full width bi-fold doors, we suggested a window seat next to a tall glass door, but she loved the idea immediately. The window seat gives her a stronger connection to her garden (which we also re-designed). The client wanted maximum storage and no clutter. A small palette of materials keeps the look calm. We used the same English oak for the window seat, fitted furniture and floor. A new wood burning stove quickly makes the well-insulated ground floor cosy and warm.