Designer: David Ellis

Sydner Road
London N16


Behind an elegant Victorian façade, this three / four-bedroom terraced house with south-facing garden has been completely transformed into a superior modern home by the current owners.

The front reception room, opened up to incorporate the hall, is decorated in rich tones that create a sophisticated space. Restored original floorboards tie the old with the new. Through a beautiful stained-glass door, salvaged from the original house, and down a short flight of glass steps, the 30ft modern extension stretches back towards the private rear garden.

Much of the joinery that makes up the kitchen has been designed and crafted by Aldworth James & Bond, a multi-disciplinary design and fabrication group based in London. The honed-granite island, containing the sink, overhangs on one side to create a breakfast bar and is connected to a built-in Zebrawood dining table. The cabinetry is finished with a walnut-veneer plywood. There is a discreet utility cupboard with WC.

There is great detailing throughout the ground floor space. Up-lighting in the seating area draws the eye to the large Sobinco sliding doors and the decked garden beyond. The poured-resin floor (with underfloor heating) provides a clean and modern finish. Every room in the house is hard-wired with an integrated Sonos multi-channel soundsystem.

The master bedroom is on the first floor, occupying an impressive space at the front of the house. The ceiling was removed during the renovation to reveal a butterfly roof with exposed beams. There are large built-in wardrobes and additional storage in the loft space. The bathroom has been designed with a free-standing bath, walk-in shower, Basalt tiles and underfloor heating. The second bedroom has step access to the south-facing roof terrace that catches the sun all day.

The lower-ground floor rooms are both used as workspace in the current setup, but could be configured as bedrooms three and four. The front room has an oversized cupboard with double doors, designed by the owner to store photographic equipment. There is separate access to the lower ground floor from the street.

The house is located on a quiet residential street positioned between Hackney Downs, Stoke Newington and Dalston, a very progressive area with an ever-increasing number of excellent independent restaurants, cafes and bars. There are a number of green spaces in the surrounding area, including Hackney Downs, Clissold Park and London Fields. Nearby Broadway Market transforms into a specialist food market on Saturdays.

Nearby transport links can be found at Rectory Road, for Overground services to Liverpool Street, and at Dalston Junction, for trains to Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line) in one direction and Shoreditch High Street in the other. Numerous buses run routes to central London along Stoke Newington Road.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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