Rear extensions to London homes are de rigeur—from oddball rain rooms to tasteful triangles. But this more traditional renovation, from London-based firm LLI Design, adds a welcome dash of modern style in a windowed kitchen extension fully opening to the garden.
Previous renovations had largely stripped original details from the Victorian townhouse in North London. But LLI’s redesign added back a number of period-appropriate elements including stained glass in the front fanlight window, and vintage black and white tiles in the entry.
The living room’s outdated cabinetry was replaced with custom built-in shelving flanking the fireplace. LLI also swapped out the old mantle for a more traditional marble one. Light herringbone-patterned floors further bridge the line between past and present.
But it’s the kitchen where the revamp really shines. The room got new pale gray cabinets with a crisp white countertop. The entire rear wall is made of large-paned windows framed in dark gray aluminum—which open fully to the garden beyond. Voila!