Houzz Tour: Tactile Surfaces Add Warmth to a Modern Renovation
The interesting use of materials and colour have brought depth to a period property’s extension and redesign
He looked through maps and photography and found there had previously been a lean-to construction attached to the building, which meant it would be possible to add a full-width extension under Permitted Development.
His clients were so happy with his plans, they asked him to help them with the rest of their house renovation.
Who lives here? A family
Location South London
Property A double-fronted Victorian villa
Size Five bedrooms and four bathrooms
Architect Francesco Pierazzi of Francesco Pierazzi Architects
Photos by Gianluca Maver
The hallway of this double-fronted Victorian villa is at the centre of the property and splits the original and new parts of the building in half. The reception rooms to the right of the entrance remain untouched, while the area on the left has been transformed into a modern, open-plan space.
A timber staircase with fire regulation-compliant glass risers ensures there’s a clear view from the front door to the garden at the back of the house. In front of this, Francesco designed a concealed hinged fire door, which swings shut to block off the area in the event of a fire.
The kitchen area is dominated by a large island, with storage on both sides and a chamfered quartz worktop in a matching dark tone. A marble splashback sits above clean white base units, while a chunky white shelf disguises the extractor fan. At the back of the space, tall bespoke cabinets in a darker tone act as a backdrop to the rest of the kitchen.
Deep red steel beams form a cross and match those on the extension’s exterior elevation, which you can see in a later photo.
Fly kitchen, Modulnova. Around coffee table, Muuto. Plywood chairs, Vitra. Sofa in foreground, Heal’s. Togo sofa in living room, Ligne Roset.
The soft texture contrasts with the concrete floorboards and adds a warm feel to the space. Three simple pendants above the dining table add a cosy glow to the wall without obstructing the view from the living room.
Concrete floorboards, Concreate. Manero dining table, Miniforms. Dining chairs, Hayche.
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Loop coffee table, Isokon Plus.
Sanitaryware, Cielo. Walls, ceiling and joinery painted in Mister David, Little Greene.
At the front of the space is the bedroom zone, with a fireplace cavity on the wall lined with the same chocolate brown tadelakt as the box. A bedside table is attached to the pod and has a bright red niche for storing books.
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