Plascon House Tour: A Light-Filled Family Retreat
Today we are touring a beautiful light-filled family abode in London’s Highgate. A new layout, better ventilation and increased flow between the new rooms, and this home becomes an enviable residence with many modern finishes throughout.
To start off with, this family home had multiple circulation issues with different levels and spaces flowing in an uncomfortably-unordered manner. By addressing these issues, the design team were able to create a space which is usable and filled with light.
The kitchen feels like a contemporary oasis with an abundance of greenery that links the space to nature and the outdoors. It leads into a cosy sitting room which packs a punch with glass ceiling and dark walls for a modern ambience. Together with grey cabinets, the room echoes with an urban industrial style softened by the clever use of plywood, terracotta lamps and pots and decorated with greenery throughout.
Key to the refurbishment of this property was opening views from the front door through to the garden, drawing light in from both angles. Designers considered the three directions of light that can be channelled into the building; from above, back and front of the property. As such, they cleverly opened up the plastic skylight above the stairwell and replaced it with a contemporary glass alternative which now floods the space with light.
Restoring original features of the property was part of the brief to the architects. Reclaimed wood was used for the flooring within the refurbished living room. The music room or “green room” as the owners refer to it has built-in storage which was already present in the house from a previous renovation. The homeowner enlisted the services of a fabric consultant who chose fabrics for the rooms to add colour and warmth to this vibrant home.
Photo Credit Matt-Clayton. Magazine Credit Living Etc
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