House of Fun

The DHaus Company , London, 2020


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House of FUN, Tucked away on Highlands Close, a short walk from Crouch End village, is this unique four-bedroom house with large private garden

Originally built in the 1980s, it has been the subject of a recent extension by D*Haus. the D*Haus-designed kitchen with raw stone floors and a large living room with pine floorboards underfoot. The extension seeks to exploit the triangular shape of the plot and the path of the sun throughout the course of the day.

The result is a set of flowing communal spaces which capitalise ingeniously on their proximity to the garden, breaking down the boundary between inside and out to wonderful effect. The garden itself is generously sized, south-east facing, and includes an outdoor dining area, with a mural by Rhonda Drakeford, incorporating the trademark Dark Room polygonal motif. There is also a guest bedroom at the front of the house and a shower room on this floor.

The first floor is comprised of an office at the front of the house, a bright family bathroom with red hexagonal tiles, a master bedroom with built-in wardrobes, blue floorboards and a strip of glazing looking out into the neighbouring trees. There is another bedroom which is currently configured as a nursery, a large loft space which has the potential to extend, subject to planning, and further storage space including an airing cupboard.

“An extension by D*Haus exploits the triangular shape of the house’s plot, while Rhonda Drakeford of Darkroom has playfully inserted colourful angular motifs throughout.” The Modern House

Photography by The Modern House


  • Begun: Mar 2018
  • Completed: May 2020
  • Floor area: 50m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £100,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: 2017
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Islington, London, N4, United Kingdom

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  • Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Darkroom