Victorian stable smartly converted and extended into a two-bedroom house in Stoke Newington has gone on the market for just under £1 million, despite being just 10 feet at its widest point. 

The 19th-century stable building slots into a row of pretty terraced houses on Oldfield Road, with a modern roof extension forming the second and top floor.

The extension measures just 8ft 11 in width, only three inches wider than a Tube carriage and houses a bedroom, en suite shower room and a balcony, running across the front of the building.

The floor below has the second bedroom and a large terrace, while the original stable building downstairs features an open plan kitchen-dining room at the front and a living room and bathroom at the back.

The Modern House

The building’s industrial heritage is evident in the cobblestones, rather than pavement, outside and the original brickwork, laid with dark mortar and whitewashed.

A lantern skylight, still with its original wrought-iron opening is another unique feature.

The property, called Oldfield Road II, had already been converted from a stable into a house when the current owners bought it in 2012.

London and Lisbon firm A+Architecture were drafted in by the current owners to design the roof extension to sit on top of the existing “half-butterfly” structure.

The Modern House

It was intended, as the company put it, to “nod at conservationists” while “creating a distinctly modern extension and interior to the house.”

The top floor balcony features with tiles by award-winning Spanish architect Patricia Uquiola (“Lava” coloured), which are also used in orange in the upstairs shower.

A+Architecture is currently working on an extension project on nearby Evering Road. 

Inside, the design “combines clean lines and modern materials with striking original features”, according to The Modern House, which is selling the property with an asking price of £975,000.  

The Modern House

When the stables were built in the late 19th century, Stoke Newington was a changing area. Once a village on the outskirts of the capital, it had become a prosperous suburb with a significant Quaker population.

The Modern House says the stables may have existed as a private enterprise when they were built, although it is no longer clear who originally owned them. At the time, it was common for middle-class people to keep horses.

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