A collection of three warehouse-style mews houses – with nods to the industrial – numbers 19, 21 and 23 Elizabeth Avenue in Islington have been expertly built and designed to feature high ceilings and floods of light. The Resident gets the lowdown from the innovative architects behind the designs

The contemporary new mews houses along Elizabeth Avenue have been carefully and respectfully developed behind their original Victorian façade, elegantly weaving the old in with the new. The aim of these homes was to combine the easy going dynamic of open plan living with seamless finishes, while retaining classic features and maximising space by incorporating a basement.

A generous four double bedrooms, two family bathrooms, two en suites, high ceilings on the ground floor and office spaces set within mezzanine levels, as well as terraces on each floor, are all on offer at Elizabeth Avenue. Features that tie each room and level together, such as the timber flooring, create continuity and balance throughout each property.

Clever spatial planning, tall windows and high ceilings allow plenty of light in

The practice behind this beautiful trio of homes, p-ad, is an ever-growing collective of designers and architects, always striving for innovation and excellence. The company is run by Jonathan Cross and Ben Baines, who have worked together for more than 18 years, each armed with a wealth of experience.

Baines says: ‘23 Elizabeth Avenue was originally an existing two storey warehouse in a poor state of repair. The conversion of this warehouse into high quality living accommodation has been done in such a way that the original front elevation and historic character of the building has been retained, while still bringing the asset back to life.’

The size and positioning of windows, as well as sweeping ceilings, are all elements that work together to draw natural light into the homes

One of the most clever aspects of this design is the seamlessly engineered use of natural light in every property. The size and positioning of windows, as well as sweeping ceilings, are all elements that work together to draw natural light into the homes.

Baines explains: ‘A combination of large existing elevation windows and the introduction of full height light wells to the rear of the property has maximised the amount of natural daylight throughout each home. Floor levels have also been carefully set to maximise living accommodation while creating characterful mezzanine and double height spaces.’

With the illusion of space becoming almost as precious as space itself in the crowded capital, being clever with smaller spaces is a necessity among London architects and designers in the modern age. Though 19, 21 and 23 Elizabeth Avenue are generously proportioned, there was still an element of illusive space play combined with real space maximisation techniques throughout each house.


Elizabeth Avenue

There is always a balance to be achieved between practical ergonomic spaces like kitchens and bathrooms

‘There is always a balance to be achieved between practical ergonomic spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, in order to liberate generous quality living space. We were able to get this right with the Elizabeth Avenue development, resulting in a sharp series of spaces and an efficient use of the floor areas on each level.’

The attention to detail and comfortable living doesn’t stop at that; all the bathrooms in every property are equipped with shiny designer fixtures from Duravit and Crosswater and the showers feature frameless glass, while thermostatically controlled heating is fitted under each floor. The entrance to each home is also controlled electronically, for added security and peace of mind.

The talented team at p-ad specialises in everything from domestic and commercial planning, residential and commercial design for new builds and refurbishments, to construction drawing packages.

‘We recognise that every project requires a bespoke service and we work with our clients closely to develop a brief and to ensure we can match their specific project requirements exactly,’ says Baines.

‘We pride ourselves in always being proactive and commercially focused. This is proven by the fact that all our work comes through recommendations, referrals and repeat business.’

The neutral, clean cut finish in each of these mews houses carries a tasteful aesthetic of its own, strong enough that it brings about intrigue but light enough that you can imagine yourself in it, putting your own stamp on every room. The Elizabeth Avenue project has found the perfect mid ground between the historic and the contemporary, gracefully fusing the two together to get three – identical triplets sitting harmoniously in their beautiful new skin.

Priced at £2,750,000 through carltonestateagents.co.uk

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