This is one of the gateposts that used to say, left and right, “Couper Street School”.
This is the house: it used to be the janitor’s house for Couper Street School, which no longer exists. The bell is from the school days.
This is the garden: small, inside high walls, but sheltered. Cosy seems an odd word to use about a garden, but the right one for this: in the corner of the photo, you can see the beginnings of the new extension’s sedum roof.
The garden used to be bigger, but a large part of it is occupied by a new extension, with copper cladding on the walls. (You can just see the extension from Coburg Street: I took a photo earlier in the year.)
The first clue that this isn’t just an architect’s design being shown off: on the decking and inside the front hall, visitors have been asked to take off their shoes. This is a family home that we have been invited to wander round.
It’s not a large house inside: it would be just one room, sitting-room and open-plan kitchen, but built across the room from one corner to the other is a kind of mezzanine floor (can you say mezzanine when there’s no floor above it?) edged with a balcony, decorated with ivy.
Looking down from the balcony makes you better appreciate the proportions of the room and the windows:
The upper floor was reached from the ground floor by a beautiful spiral staircase…
…mundanely, with a baby gate at the top.
I liked the ceiling lights, too:
The inside of the extension is still a work in process: you can see the bones of the house here.