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The property

Having used a loft conversion company in his previous homehouse and been disappointed with the ‘bland and generic’ the homeowner was keen to create impact this time round. Ben Hawkins from architecture and interior design practice Granit (opens in new tab) was approached and suggested a more modern design. Ben’s plan for the flat included a steel staircase that draws light down through the interior. A side dormer creates space for the stairs, which has open treads and a glass balustrade disperses the light, The steel is spray-painted in a charcoal grey to match the shade used elsewhere.

Living area

Three rooms were knocked into one to create the living, dining and kitchen space. Flooring is simplified with engineered oak which was treated with lye to remove the pigment and lighten the timber. ‘Using wood was important to create a sense of warmth and texture, says the homeowner. Furniture and furnishings continue the monochrome theme and help to create separate zones. ‘As it’s a large room I had to think about how to segment the space,’he says.


The dark-grey island divides the kitchen from the dining area. The builders were asked to customise the island with glass doors and shelves to make it look like a smart piece of furniture. This charcoal grey then nods to the original fireplace in the living area and inspired the lighting choices. In the dining area oversized pendant help to anchor the table in the open –plan room, while slate and marble kitchen worksurfaces echo the Victorian marble fire surround in the living area.


IQ Living carried out the building work on the flat, which was stripped back to a shell and reconfigured to add a new bedroom and en suite. The brick wall was left exposed in thie new space and the homeowner began to execute his interior ideas, taking cues from Hilary Robertson’s book Monochrome Home. ‘It encouraged me to add contrast with a darker tone, though I tried to avoid black as that absorbs too much light.’ See ourAn urban retreat in London, owned and designed by Louise Bradley


The stone used in the bathroom echoes the other natural materials used throughout the apartment. As ever, a clever use of mirrored panel above the bath helps to create a more spacious feel in this minimal space.

En suite

Throughout the house, the homeowner was influenced by memories of childhood holidays when it came to choosing colors and materials. This is also true of the sleek en suite bathroom where pebble floor tiles which are a reminder of happy times on the beach in Norfolk. Photography/ Andrew Beasley Architecture/ Granit (opens in new tab)

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