This Hoxton terrace house received a colourful, full interior refurbishment by Bradley Van Der Straeten. For a client who is a Barbican enthusiast, the palette was able to be strong and eclectic. Beautiful existing features of the building were celebrated, like the exposed steel beams and the old basketball court floors.
With an already open plan kitchen, the existing layout didn’t meet regulations – the challenge was to keep the open functionality and feel while bringing it up to current requirements. Fire rated glazed doors were incorporated on the ground floor to retain visual connections but also contain the kitchen acoustically and for fire separation.
Upstairs, the colour continues with the bedrooms and bathrooms using block colour and simple tiling to make a colourful statement.
Questions & Answers
What was the brief?
A full renovation of a three storey Victorian terraced house.
Create an improved open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area whilst meeting the fire regulations. The existing property had a kitchen/dining area that was not meet the current fire safety standards.
Create an en-suite bathroom for the first floor bedroom.
Improve the daylight intake in the lounge area.
Improve connection to the courtyard with large sliding doors.
Creating fun spaces.
Compactness of all spaces.
The existing property had no hallway from the front door to the stairs up to the upper floors, something that doesn’t meet fire regulations. The challenge was to keep that open plan feel whilst meeting the fire regulations.
How is the project unique?
The eclecticism of the material choices.
Colourful design with simple ideas and tiles.
Being bold with colour and persevere with the execution of the design concept from initial sketch to construction.
Curation of upcycled pieces of furniture with new fixtures and fittings creating a very personal and unique feel of space.