A Sun Lit Terrace:  Terrace by Collective Works

Renovating an Islington home's small balcony

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan

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The location? A private property in Courtauld Road. The brief? To increase the amount of space plus allow the resident to enjoy a bit more sun. The professionals behind this project? Collective Works, an architectural firm in London. 

The experts started exploring different options to see what could be feasible in order to meet the client’s brief. In the end, they decided to design a little balcony / sun terrace, which not only added a little extra space to the house, but also afforded the client the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor relaxation.

Let’s see the end results…

A sun-lit spot

A Sun Lit Terrace:  Terrace by Collective Works
Collective Works

A Sun Lit Terrace

Collective Works

At a mere 6 m², this terrace won’t walk away with any awards for being the most spacious or expansive, yet it certainly gets the job done in terms of views, fresh air and relaxation. 

What a great place to lounge with a good book, get lost in one’s thoughts or just engage in a light soirée with a friend or two!

The furnishings

Adaptable Furnishings:  Terrace by Collective Works
Collective Works

Adaptable Furnishings

Collective Works

With cleverness and creativity, a lot can actually be accomplished in a small space. 

Notice how the client opted for fold-up chairs and double-duty pieces (like a table which also helps with storage) to make the most out of the balcony’s limited legroom.

The decking

Is there any other material which offers the same homey charm and style as wood? That certainly had to be one of the reasons why this fantastic material was opted for to adorn the balcony flooring.

The new timber decking was designed to mimic both the interior floor leading out towards the balcony, as well as the bottom decking.

A seamless transition

Seamless Transition:  Terrace by Collective Works
Collective Works

Seamless Transition

Collective Works

In order to make the terrace feel like an extension of the interiors, the transition from ‘inside’ to ‘outside’ had to be as fluent as possible. The decking is flush with the door threshold and runs in the same direction as the interior floorboards.

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The stair landing

Stair Landing:  Terrace by Collective Works
Collective Works

Stair Landing

Collective Works

Staircase landings can be more than just circulation space. 

In this case, not only does it make the terrace a bit larger when the door is opened wide, but it also serves as a small library and space for a handful of potted house plants.

Small space can still equal big style; see these: Tips for decorating a small balcony.

What do you think of this new balcony?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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