The 1st floor living room was opened up to create a double aspect space that was flooded with natural light. Walls were moved to create an extra bedroom and the kitchen was relocated to the ground floor. This meant that the restored original 1960's staircase became a graphic focal point, as did the painted original floorboards. A built in shelving unit that had previously housed a dated gas fireplace was moved, restored and painted, whilst custom made radiator covers became features rather than eyesores.
A neutral palette of white, toffee, vintage glassware & pale mid-century furniture gave this space a calm, Scandinavian feeling that continued throughout the house.
Tactile fabrics such as canvas, wood, paper & porcelain add a layer of interest to the pale scheme.
Formerly an integrated garage, the new shower room was light and bright after an external window was added. Bespoke oak veneer cabinetry and wall hung WC & sink made maximum use of the space, whilst bespoke mirrors and glass gave the room a spacious feel.
Newly painted floorboards bounce light into the hallway, as does the large mirror placed at the top of the newly restored staircase. Mid-Century furniture adds to the Scandinavian feel that runs throughout the house.
Original 1960's parquet blocks were sourced and laid to match a small strip that was uncovered in the hallway during renovations. Simple white kitchen units and free standing mirrors bounce the light around in this space, and reflect the garden beyond.
Formerly a scruffy concrete back yard, this glass extension flooded the ground floor with light and was a stunning place to eat and socialise, even on a rainy day. Internal floorboards were matched with external decking boards so that the extension appeared to 'float' in the garden, whilst a totally redesigned garden became the focal point of the whole house.
Huge retaining walls were installed on two levels of the garden to prevent the lawn slipping down into the house. New access in the form of graduated steps were installed, and contemporary planting in the beds made a strong impact.
A mix of plants made the beds look contemporary and graphic, which worked in tandem with the interiors of the house.
The large retaining walls were painted in several tones of pale grey which worked as a simple backdrop for the plants to shine from, and cast graphic shadows in the sun.
The retaining walls acted as the perfect constraint to the loose, prairie style planting that peaked in the summer months with fragrant roses and bold hydrangea.
The retaining walls were collapsing and dangerous, as well as very ugly. Most of the garden was inaccessible and covered in concrete.
Flocked wallpaper, disco lights, Indian-style archways and flocked carpet covered the house from top to bottom. The original parquet seen here was matched in the open plan kitchen, and the original 1960's doorway was discovered in the loft, restored and reinstated. This door was removed!
Formerly positioned on the first floor in a tiny galley space, this kitchen was removed and a new kitchen was installed on the ground floor with direct access to the garden. The wall of this room was moved by 80cm and became a fourth bedroom for guests.