MmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmThe standard two-up, two-down Victorian terrace is a staple of British housing stock up and down the land. But what happens if a forward-thinking homeowner is let loose on it and opts to gut and renovate the property to the highest standard? That’s exactly what happened with this gorgeous home in Kensal Rise.
Homes like this were typically a parlour at the front with a kitchen behind and a lean-to scullery tacked onto the back. Two bedrooms were upstairs. The lucky ones had their own outdoor toilet, too. Post-war, most homeowners demolished the lean-to in favour of a narrow kitchen with an additional bedroom and bathroom upstairs. This configuration is still the most common one seen in the UK. Fortunately, a few bright souls have realised that these Victorian terraces have far greater potential and are creating the next evolutionary configuration.
A smart, contemporary double reception room has been designed to fill the space with light. New hardwood floors and fireplaces that are faithful reproductions of the Victorian original grace the space. The kitchen has been extended across the side return to create a huge open-plan space with a sleek, contemporary cooking area, dining area and sitting room. Bi-fold doors lead onto the 50 foot garden.
Upstairs, the second bedroom has been sacrificed to create a large en-suite bathroom and a second bathroom to be used by the two bedrooms above the kitchen. A fourth bedroom, again with en-suite bathroom, has been created in the former loft.
Innovative lighting techniques have been used throughout. Victorian houses can be dark but thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights and the creative use of downlights, feature lights and LED strips, the entire house is flooded with light. The owners also kept the colour scheme light to make the home feel bright and airy.
They have set a wonderful template for how to bring our Victorian housing stock into the 21st century.