How a Small Extension Can Make a Huge Difference to Your Home

Extending your home can seem like a huge – and expensive – undertaking, but architects have transformed this north London home without the need for a big budget or masses of space

Photography: Rory Gardiner

Almington Street House, a Victorian terraced house in Finsbury Park that’s pretty typical of London’s property stock, has been given a new lease of life with a new side return extension and ground floor internal reconfiguration and refurbishment.

The brief was to enlarge the kitchen with a side return extension and create more space on the ground floor with smart storage solutions.

The client, a young couple with a baby, had a budget of £120,000 for the project and worked collaboratively with Amos Goldreich Architecture to get the result they wanted.

The extension was formed by resting structural timber fins, externally clad in zinc, onto the brick party wall, creating an airy contemporary aesthetic, the illusion of higher ceilings and clever storage shelves seamlessly crafted from the same timber fins.

A large roof light brings daylight into the kitchen and links the spaces between the living room and the rear garden, while a frameless glass window acts as a window seat with views of the garden.

To keep the project cost effective, clever modifications were combined with ‘off the shelf’ fixtures and fittings, including a modified IKEA kitchen finished with plywood fronts and a bespoke kitchen island design.

‘It just shows that you don’t need a huge budget or masses of space to create a beautiful and unique home’

A new guest WC was added behind the kitchen and a concealed wardrobe built into the living room wall to store coats and shoes. Energy efficient features include LED lighting and new plumbing with underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining area.

‘This project offered the opportunity to bring so much creative thinking to the table,’ said Amos Goldreich of Amos Goldreich Architecture.

‘We wanted to create something homely, functional, and family-orientated, but with a strong design sense throughout which really elevates the scheme from a refurbishment to a ‘transformation’.

‘It just shows that you don’t need a huge budget or masses of space to create a beautiful and unique home.’