A complete reconfiguration and extension of a Mews House in Hackney, to create a fresh Scandinavian style home for a young, growing family.

The original two-storey, brick property was embedded amongst a series of buildings at the back of Broadway Market, and as a consequence, felt claustrophobic, confined, and had little source of natural light. To turn this small property, into a larger, more usable modern home, we had to be inventive in its use of space.


We reconfigured the floor levels to increase the ceiling heights across a staggered ground floor, which is comprised of three split-levels, promoting views and interaction between different areas of the home. The new home-office opens up to the living area, and the open-plan kitchen looks down unto the living and dining spaces below. The home-office also doubles as a third bedroom, which can be closed off with its bespoke-built folding wall.


The feeling of continuous space, rather than individual rooms, is enhanced by using similar materials throughout the house. To create a calm, light interior we added larger timber windows and a full-width roof-light over the stair – bringing more natural light into the centre of the house and to the kitchen at the rear. In addition, storage, important to the family home, was maximised and concealed throughout.

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Modern home with Office, Desk, Study Room Type, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. The flexible home-office space overlooks the living room below Photo  of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

The flexible home-office space overlooks the living room below

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, and Desk. The flexible home-office space overlooks the living room below Photo 2 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

The flexible home-office space overlooks the living room below

Modern home with Dining Room, Lamps, Chair, Table, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. A new staircase and roof light, brings natural light into the dining area, overlooked by the kitchen above Photo 3 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

A new staircase and roof light, brings natural light into the dining area, overlooked by the kitchen above

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, and Pendant Lighting. Scandinavian furnishings bring a lived-in aesthetic to the living room Photo 4 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

Scandinavian furnishings bring a lived-in aesthetic to the living room

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. A new stair to the kitchen is clad in oak, and natural light floods in from the roof light above Photo 5 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

A new stair to the kitchen is clad in oak, and natural light floods in from the roof light above

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, White Cabinet, Wall Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, and Concrete Counter. Bespoke joinery, tiled finishes, concrete tops and high-level mirrors to the kitchen Photo 6 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

Bespoke joinery, tiled finishes, concrete tops and high-level mirrors to the kitchen

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, White Cabinet, Concrete Counter, Mirror Backsplashe, and Ceramic Tile Backsplashe. Bespoke joinery, tiled finishes, concrete tops and high-level mirrors to the kitchen Photo 7 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

Bespoke joinery, tiled finishes, concrete tops and high-level mirrors to the kitchen

Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Wall Mount Sink, Wall Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, and Open Shower. The ensuite is finished in continuous floor to ceiling tiles to emphasise the feeling of space Photo 8 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

The ensuite is finished in continuous floor to ceiling tiles to emphasise the feeling of space

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, Chair, Floor Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Coffee Tables. The living room and home-office open up into one continuous space, or can be separated with bespoke folding doors Photo 9 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

The living room and home-office open up into one continuous space, or can be separated with bespoke folding doors

Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, Ceramic Tile Wall, One Piece Toilet, and Wall Lighting. The downstairs WC is concealed behind a hidden door Photo 10 of Hackney Mews HouseView Photos

The downstairs WC is concealed behind a hidden door

Architect
  • HUTCH design
Interior Design
Photographer
  • Helen Cathcart

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 1