When architect Fiona Kirkwood saw a disused, one-storey upholsterer’s workshop in Bethnal Green, London, she knew it had the potential to become a fabulous home for herself and her husband, Benjamin.
Using all her professional skills, and drawing inspiration from the narrow houses of Amsterdam and Japan, which make clever use of small spaces, she came up with a design that would make maximum use of the plot.
Alison is Assistant Editor on Real Homes magazine. She previously worked on national newspapers, in later years as a film critic and has also written on property, fashion and lifestyle. Having recently purchased a Victorian property in severe need of some updating, much of her time is spent solving the usual issues renovators encounter.