Clever London Reno: From a Run Down Studio to a Two-Bedroom Flat — House Tour

Name: Julia Maile and Kurt Maile and their daughter Florence
Location: Angel — Islington, London
Size: 620 square feet

Years lived in: 9 years, owned

Nine years ago, lifestyle journalist Julia and her husband Kurt, a tech consultant, invested in a tiny, run-down studio flat in a period conversion in the heart of Central London’s Islington neighborhood. The flat had a strange sleeping platform arrangement, but also had the benefit of a huge (by London standards) flat roof terrace. So the couple hired architects and builders to build an entirely new level on the flat roof, enabling the whole space to be rearranged over two levels, creating a beautiful open living area and two bedrooms. The entire home is still only 620 square feet, but as Julia reports, «the clever design really makes use of every square inch of space.»

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