My Houzz: Ingenious Space Planning Updates a Family’s 1930s Home
Thoughtful design added a downstairs cloakroom, a utility cupboard and some rather clever loft storage
“Our stuff was either in storage or in transit, so we thought we might as well get the work done before we moved back in,” Vanessa says. “We arrived home in August, found an architect and a builder, and the work began in October.”
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Who lives here? Vanessa and Nicholas with their children, Nathaniel (13) and Anâis (10)
Location South London
Property A 1930s terraced house
Size Three bedrooms (plus one used as a study) and two bathrooms
Architect Go Sugimoto of Go / Crafting Spaces
Builder Jack Horn of Ajax Builders
Photos by Chris Snook
“There were three main things we asked our architect, Go Sugimoto, to include in the plans,” Vanessa says of her renovation project. “To fill in the L-shaped kitchen and dining room, to squeeze in a downstairs loo, and to have only one door into the ground floor living areas.”
To open up the L-shaped room, Go planned for an extension at the end of the dining room.
“Our architect planned in an island with storage below for the kids’ art supplies,” Vanessa says. “He lined everything up really nicely so we were able to have a neat line between the wooden floor and the patterned kitchen floor tiles [see first image].”
Kitchen cabinets; quartz worktop, New Line Kitchen Design. Cabinets painted in Pavilion Gray; island in Down Pipe, both Farrow & Ball. Antique Brass Finish Single Handle Swivel kitchen tap, UK Taps.
“The tall cabinets are the depth of a standard unit and contain an integrated fridge, two ovens and loads of pull-out storage drawers,” Vanessa says.
Pendant lights, Buster & Punch. Patterned floor tiles, Fired Earth. Wooden flooring, Wood and Beyond. Dining table, John Lewis & Partners. DSR Eames plastic side chairs, Aram Store. Walls painted in Brilliant White, Dulux.
Sofa, Sofa Workshop. Vintage window, Retrouvius. Walls painted in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball.
The couple chose to fill in the alcoves in the dining room to make the space more functional. This meant there was no need for the original fireplace, so they moved it into the living room instead.
Walls painted in Stiffkey Blue, Farrow & Ball. Treviso Narrow countertop basin, Click Basin.
The room also had two windows, as it had previously been a separate loo and bathroom. The builders removed these and fitted a new one instead.
Neisha Crosland flooring, Harvey Maria. Sanitaryware, UK Bathroom Store. Towels, BathEmpire.
Bunk beds, Warren Evans.
Bed, Time4Sleep. Fireplace wall painted in Gotham City, Valspar.
“The architect suggested not having Velux windows on the street side and going for a large rooflight over the bed instead,” Vanessa says.
Pendant lights, Lombok. Throw, Graham & Green. Bed, Warren Evans.
Flooring, Fired Earth. Sanitaryware, Victoria Plumb.
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