Islington / Restoration and refurbishment
Location:Duncan Terrace, London N1
Project Architect:Gerard Rainey
Architectural services:Initial sketch concepts Outline designs Planning consents Listed building consents Appointing consultants Detailed design Building regulations consent Construction drawings
This project was a substantial refurbishment of a neglected Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in the Duncan Terrace & Colebrook Row conservation area of Islington. The property was built in 1805 and it was the site of the Duncan Terrace Piano Destruction Concert in the mid 20th Century. Despite having previously been converted to commercial use and then subdivided into flats, a number of original decorative features remained internally. These were carefully repaired or reinstated where they had been lost.
Works to the lower ground floor included excavation, underpinning, and damp proofing. An unused front vault was converted to a kitchenette. At raised ground floor a new kitchen and dining room were created, with improved access to the garden. A luxurious double height master bedroom and ensuite was designed at third floor using the volume of the mansard roof. Significant remedial works were required to the original timber studs and joists throughout the house and the original stair was strengthened and extensively refurbished. Sophisticated home automation and Sonos media systems in the kitchen and reception spaces at ground and first floors bring this property into the 21st century.
Externally, remedial works included rebuilding the mansard roof in natural slate, localised brick repair and new patress plates to tie back the facades. Poor quality casement windows were replaced with Georgian style double glazed sashes. The large garden was landscaped in flamed limestone and a timber clad garden room installed to the rear.