A Renovated Victorian Home Part 2




The substantial remodelling of a Victorian Townhouse in a West London Square.


The house was substantially modernised to suit the family’s preferred way of living. The floors were also dramatically remodelled to fill the shadier parts of the floor plates with light by removing a number of walls that required significant structural interventions.


The spatial approach was for a series of contemporary and fluid open plan layouts that would take advantage of the vast volumes the house had to offer. This minimalist aesthetic is further expressed by a reductionist approach towards a timeless palette of naturals materials primarily of wood, stone and metal. The capabilities of these materials being pushed to celebrate their extraordinary qualities. A number of sliding walls are lacquered in primary colours providing a playful dynamic to certain rooms.


The envelope was substantially re-insulated, and materials were sourced in consideration of their negligible environmental impact.


The kitchen is accessed off the entrance hall through a monumental yellow sliding door. Previously 3 different rooms; the open plan kitchen includes for a relaxed seating area close to the bay window facing onto the garden. A continuous counter lined in marble runs along the long length of the kitchen returning towards the sliding door forming an ‘L’ shape galley kitchen.


Full height oak joinery lines the Ground Floor bathroom walls. Narrow shelves rise up on one side displaying small objects and curiosities collected over time. These shelves form a feature wall and visible to the corridor when the door is open.


Full height shelves flank two sides of the study. Large sliding doors are surfaces for artworks while concealing working files behind. French doors open onto the rear patio garden which is lined in large French limestone slabs. A continuous rendered planter runs along the perimeter of the garden also forming as a bench along the rear boundary wall.


Picture Credits: Alex Cochrane