This family home in South West London was formerly two flats spread over 4 floors. Converted by the previous owner, the house still required complete renovation and reorganisation to make it a great family home.
This is the third house in South West London that I bought as a renovation project. The house was a single dwelling with some strange layout problems – stairs to the basement in the living room, a low side return in the kitchen. It was converted from two flats and still had plenty of traces of the old layout and so I needed to do a complete reorganisation of the circulation and spaces.
The project scope included the restoration of the staircases, a reorganisation of the basement and ground floor layouts and alteration to the first-floor to enable en-suite bedrooms throughout.
The ground floor had previously been designed with a staircase centrally located in the living room to access the basement. This was repositioned to the party wall to free up space and we removed the ground floor study to make a single open living space. With the staircase moved from it’s central position, the basement now had space for a full en-suite bathroom and utility area.
The rear ground floor kitchen was retained albeit with a new side return and altered kitchen cupboard layout. New Carrara marble tops replaced the black granite for an overall cleaner, brighter feel. The rear garden was landscaped, introducing new planting and furniture to give it a more private feel.
New Vitsoe Shelving in the living and basement areas provide space for books, objects and a media setup. A new Phillips Hue lighting system enables us to control all of the lighting throughout the house and set playful colour scenes for each of the spaces. By keeping the essential decor clean and white, we rely on the lighting to add mood whenever we need it.
The small rear garden has been filled with pots and furniture to create a cool summer space that feels connected to the kitchen. The front elevation and garden has been decorated and planted to suit the overall style of the streetscape.