1 Elm Court by AR Design Studio

A once dark three-bedroom home in north London got an open, single-story modern addition creating a light-filled, airy space for the recently retired homeowners. AR Design Studio took on the job to adapt the existing small property and turn it into the perfect environment without making too many changes to the charming street exterior. Therefore, the extension was added to the rear of the original home and includes a new kitchen, dining/living space, utility room, cinema room, bathroom, and office area.


By opening up the back of the structure, they were able to let the sunlight flood the space while giving access and views to the garden. The garden becomes a natural extension of the home.


The gray wall partitions are there to guide you through the home, taking you from the old section to the new or vice versa. They also help to define smaller areas of the new space. The last panel projects through the large glass doors guiding you out to the yard.


Skylights were installed to bring additional light into the mostly monochromatic space.


I love that they kept the color palette to beautiful grays, whites and the occasional use of metal. They also threw in a tiny bit of green.









A table or desk is made with the help of a fold down surface that you can hide away when not in use.


Photos by Martin Gardner.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.