Houzz Tour: A Modest Extension Transforms an Edwardian Villa
Before and after shots show how a full refurb and new layout have upgraded this beautiful conservation area home
Caroline Milns of Zulufish took on the project and explains her clients also wanted to draw in more natural light and create plenty of storage. The reconfigured property now has a side-return extension containing a large kitchen-diner, plus a new internal courtyard with space for bikes, a snug, and reconfigured bedrooms upstairs. Throughout, period features have been rescued, restored and shown off.
Who lives here? A couple and their two teenage children
Location Chiswick, west London
Property A semi-detached Edwardian villa
Size Five bedrooms and three bathrooms
Designer Caroline Milns of Zulufish
Joinery throughout Hux London
Photos by Guifré De Peray
The kitchen was the focus of the most significant structural work in this refurbishment. Caroline gained Planning Permission to extend across a generous side return, giving the owners a full-width kitchen-diner, which now opens onto the garden through Crittall doors.
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The room above the extension is now a study/spare room. Caroline replaced the original window with French doors and a Juliet balcony.
Doors, Crittall. Exterior lantern lights, Original BTC.
The room where the kitchen used to be is now a cosy snug; there’s also a more formal living room at the front of the house.
Caroline left the end of the side return nearest the house open to create a courtyard – seen at the top-centre of the drawing – and fitted in bike storage.
Unseen in these images, the previously dark, dank cellar got a practical boost, too. By digging it out to create more head height, Caroline was able to create a large utility room and storage area, which, in turn, gives more space to the kitchen.
On the right is a double pantry cupboard and there are under-counter fridges below the worktop. On the other side of the island, beneath the hob, is an under-mounted double oven.
The choice of materials helps to give the kitchen a luxury feel. “The huge splashbacks are bespoke cut pieces of marble, book-matched in the middle,” Caroline says. There’s also a dark walnut chevron floor, crystal pendants and aged brass handles. A flush ceiling extractor helps to keep lines clean.
Pleated Crystal pendant lights, Marc Wood Studio. Calacatta marble worktops and splashback, JRS Stone Consultants. Brass handles, Armac Martin.
In addition to the main kitchen area, Caroline designed this floor-to-ceiling cabinetry on the right. The glazed part houses the owners’ cookbook collection and glassware. Bulky equipment, such as mixers, juicers and casserole pots, can be hidden out of sight below.
The rich blue of the cabinetry is carried around the whole house, and even into the garden – here you can see the back wall is painted to tie in, visually bringing it into the kitchen.
Units painted in Hicks’ Blue, Little Greene.
You may also notice some period-style cornicing in this new part of the old house. “We wanted the new kitchen space to match the back of the house – not just to feel like a modern extension – so we brought through the cornicing,” Caroline says. “We found a lovely Edwardian style to match the original architecture.”
Framed prints, Juliana Loveday.
1920s Odeon rectangular chandelier, RH. Dining table and chairs, Poliform.
Broken Maze rug, Jennifer Manners. Walls and joinery painted in Sharkskin, Paint & Paper Library.
A wall of bespoke shelving for the owners’ books also houses their separates sound system, which they wanted hidden away.
Hogarth sofa, The Sofa & Chair Company. Rug, Jennifer Manners. Emile chandelier, RH.
To highlight the unusual shape, Caroline put a huge tropical plant in the central section and an elegant sofa in front.
“Curtains were tricky,” she admits. “We got advice from our curtain-maker and decided on a pelmet that went into the window in the end.”
The curtains also had to come right out of the bay and open onto the adjacent walls, otherwise they’d have blocked light.
“Halls can feel quite shiny and hard with mirrors and tiles, so this really softens the space,” she says. “The brass lights warm things up too.”
Light, Bert Frank.
To tie in with the graphic artwork on the left, Caroline had the family photos printed and framed to coordinate.
“We designed joinery across one whole wall to hide clutter and make it comfortable for two people,” Caroline says.
Walls painted in Cotton II, Paint & Paper Library.
“To create it, we took a window and a chunk of bedroom,” Caroline says.
Marble tiles, Mandarin Stone.
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