Houzz Tour: A Couple Bring a Family Feel to Their Victorian Home
Extending this terraced house brought in light and made the space work better for family life
“We didn’t want to move, so instead we decided to extend and reconfigure the rooms,” she says. The house now feels more spacious and family-friendly, with a better connection to the garden and plenty of light.
Who lives here? Interior designer Mel Massey with her husband and two sons
Location North London
Property A Victorian terraced townhouse
Size Four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer Mel Massey of Mel Massey Studio
Photos by David Giles
The ground floor rear extension of Mel Massey’s home was constructed beneath a previous first and second floor extension, where a wetroom and bathroom sit one on top of the other.
The previous extensions were positioned slightly too low for the new addition, but it would have been tricky to raise them, so instead, the couple incorporated a boxed-in section above the ground-floor seating area (seen here on the left) to accommodate the base of the bathroom above.
“The ceiling in the extension is still at a comfortable height,” Mel says, “and it’s created some interesting lines in the room.”
The couple were keen to bring in as much light as possible, so they chose sliding doors with minimal framing. The top part of the frame is recessed to create even more of an uninterrupted view.
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The mirror is made from a pair of windows that Mel had sandblasted and powder-coated, then fitted with mirror glass. “It reflects everything beautifully,” she says.
Mel prefers to avoid downlights in favour of more interesting light fittings. So in this room, there’s a low-hung copper pendant in the corner, plus a large bulb light hung on an old fisherman’s hook. “I’d seen the pendant a while ago, but it was really expensive,” Mel says. “So I noted down the name and eventually found it for £50 on eBay.”
Flooring, Istoria by Jordan Andrews. Pendant light, eBay.
Mel replaced the floorboards all over the house with engineered oak boards, but in the seating area she went for a more interesting parquet. Beneath the fire is a simple, flat hearth, laid with tiles of differing textures.
Paxfocus fireplace, Focus Fireplaces. Hearth tiles, Domus.
The galley kitchen has a streamlined design, with gloss fronts that reflect the light. Large pan drawers and roomy cupboards keep the worktops clear of clutter.
Kitchen units, Magnet. Corian worktop, Interstyle Solid Surfaces.
“The dining table was given to us by my granny as a wedding present,” Mel says. “And the lamp in the corner belonged to my husband’s granny.”
Walls painted in Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball. Pendant light, Normann Copenhagen.
Ben Allen artwork, Art Republic.
Pendant light, Lee Broom. Wall lights, Anglepoise. Walls painted in Lamp Black and Urbane Grey, both Little Greene. Bed, Habitat.
The couple laid the same engineered oak floorboards as in the rest of the house. “They work well in the room, as long as you don’t soak the floor,” she says.
Bath, Bathstore. Vanity unit, Swoon of Sweden.
Coat stand, Blu Dot.
The wall opposite the fireplace features a bespoke wallpaper that resembles textured concrete and gives the room an urban feel.
Orange surfaces painted in Auburn Falls 4, Dulux. Wallpaper, Surface View.
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The steel-framed windows are made from toughened glass, with opaque panels below and a top row of transparent glazing. “The room isn’t overlooked and it’s lovely to gaze out from the shower,” Mel says.
Vintage tiles, Bert & May.
Radiators, Turnbull & Scott.
The colour scheme in this room features grey and a striking purple-blue. “With kids, it’s a good idea to futureproof the design, so they continue to like it as they grow,” Mel says.
Cabinets and ladder painted in Mambo, Little Greene.
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