This project involved building an upper-floor extension to a 2nd floor flat in the heart of Islington and upgrading the Victorian property. Hyssop Project’s solution blended modern materials with the period feel of the property, while working within the constraints of a conservation area.

Notable elements of the project included:

  • We carried out the work in two phases to minimise disruption – the external extension while the client was resident, while our work opening access to the internal space and its finishes was timed to coincide with their annual holiday.
  • Construction of the extension’s façade using reclaimed yellow stocks, with a stone arch keystone to meet the planning requirements. To reduce cost, the arch and keystone feature were formed using expanded metal lathing and cement, as was the corbel cap to the brickwork.
  • A roof lantern was incorporated in the roof structure to increase natural light.
  • Knot-free hardwood was used for the floor decking at the rear of the extension, where a balcony with stainless steel cable balastrading was installed.
  • Internal walls and ceilings were re-plastered and coving repaired, before Farrell and Ball paint finishes were applied.
  • Natural solid oak floors were laid in the living room, hallway and extension and finished with oil.
  • The bathroom was finished with Fired Earth crackle-glazed brick wall tiles and pebble mosaic floor tiles.
  • All pipework was concealed and a central shower and bath suite installed.