Tour a sensible Victorian range in London with a spacious glass extension
Restoring a period home while giving it an up to date edge was a careful balancing act. Having a crystal clear vision of what they wanted to be didn’t make it any easier for these owners to seek out the proper house. We were trying to find a project – a property to renovate – one that was a cut above the quality terraces with small gardens that were totally on offer.’
‘But we spent almost three years watching many houses before this four-bedroom Victorian property came up.’
The house needed absolutely everything done, and that we thought it had overpriced. ‘It had also been on the marketplace for quite a while. On the other hand, there was a discount, we made a suggestion, and it had been ours!’
The previous owners had lived here for nearly 40 years, and it had been a jumble of small rooms and odd bolt-on features from the 70s and 80s. After speaking with a variety of local firms. The owners commissioned Oli Lambert of Lambert & Sons to assist with the project.
He was proactive and was great at helping to follow through on ideas and keeping to the timeline and budget.
Hallway The house was stripped back to its structural bones while taking care to revive. And retain many original Victorian features that would be preserved, like the marble fireplace within the main living room and, therefore, the elegant proportions of the hallway.
- Open-plan front room
- Image credit: Mark Weeks
- The lower ground floor layout had completely reconfigured to make an open
‘We wanted an outsized space for entertaining as it’s something we like to do. The massive glass doors and a skylight make it such a light-weight filled space.’.
Clever use of space also allowed for an office area to created under the steps on the lower ground floor.
Kitchen Simple shaker-style cabinetry painted in reminder blue lends a relaxed, classic search for the kitchen. Stunning natural wood flooring was also a vital feature of the rebuild.
‘The floors from Natural Wood Floor Company have traditional yet fresh and that I opted for larger pieces of wood to offer the design a more modern take,’ says the owner.
I was choosing a paint palette to flow throughout the entire house clothed to be among the toughest parts of the project. I got it wrong – twice – then decided to stay things light, with classic blues and neutrals,’ says the owner.
However, an exception was made for his or her daughter’s room. Where Farrow & Ball’s Calamine Pink walls alongside a variety of colorful accessories create a playful look.