A Victorian Home Modernised to Retain its CharacterSarah Alcoft, November 2016
When it came to having a vision for their new home, the couple who own this Victorian terraced house had an advantage. They’d been renting an identical property a few doors down the street, so they’d long dreamed of the changes they’d make and the mood they’d create given half a chance.
Once they got their hands on this place, they called on the expert design eye of Mariyan Stoykov, of Grand Design London, to help turn their long-held vision into reality. “The owners knew what they wanted and had an Ideabook full of images ready to share,” he says.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A professional couple
Location: Queen’s Park, London
Property: A Victorian terrace
Size: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Designer: Mariyan Stoykov of Grand Design London
The couple’s vision for their home was for crisp, modern lines softened by period details and a hint of industrial style. “The brick wall in the kitchen was their idea,” designer Stoykov says. “We created it from reclaimed brick slips and added pointing for an authentic look.” The team designed and built this rear extension to house the kitchen and create an indoor/outdoor space. A skylight running along its length ensures it’s light and bright even on gloomy days.
The white units and quartz splashback and worktops create a streamlined finish and maximise the light. The attention to detail, however, lifts this kitchen out of the ordinary. Take the worktop, which has an 80mm edge to give it a chunky look, while the oak veneer panel at the side of the ovens adds warmth to the scheme and ties in with the flooring.
The microwave and steam oven can be operated through the Home Connect app. “The owners can leave something to marinate while they’re out, then a couple of hours before they come home, they can set it to cook,” says Stoykov.
Kitchen by Openplan Design. Induction hob with integrated extractor, Bora. Appliances, Siemens. Model 61 bar stools, Erik Buch. White Beat Fat pendant lights, Tom Dixon.
The flooring is engineered wood with underfloor heating.
Engineered wood floor, Cheville Parquet.
“We created the rendered flowerbeds and built in floating benches,” says Stoykov. There are concealed lights under the benches, making this a great space for evening dining as well as lazy lunches. “We added red cedar fencing for privacy and to create a nice feature,” adds Stoykov.
Mint Fossil Indian sandstone paving, Infinite Paving.
Ellisse pendant lights, Modo Luce. Sofa; armchair, both Minotti.
The double opening to the kitchen pulls plenty of light into this potentially gloomy section of the house.
Dining table by Nissen & Gehl, available at The Conran Shop.
Shutters have been fitted to the window and an old school-style radiator fills the narrow space underneath.
Walls painted in Patrician; skirting boards, architraves and doors painted in Chalk, both Designers Guild. Radiators throughout the house, Milano Windsor from BestHeating.
The alcoves have been fitted out with shelving and cupboards to take care of any clutter, helping to retain the calm, airy atmosphere.
Fireplace, English Fireplaces. Eames House Bird for Vitra, available at John Lewis.
Walls painted in Battleship Grey, Designers Guild. Foscarini Caboche pendant light, available at Nest.
Some of the windows at the front of the house needed to be replaced. “It’s a conservation area, so they had to be timber sashes,” adds Stoykov.
Walls painted in Moonlit Night, Designers Guild. Bed, Tempur.
Instead of shutters, the first floor windows all have simple Roman blinds.
Eos pendant light, Heal’s.
The handy shelf in the shower was carved out of the wall. “We removed a layer of bricks and put a small concrete lintel on top to create a niche,” the designer explains.
Glass shower screen, The Shower Lab. Brassware, Vola. Tiles, Topps Tiles.
Stoykov has cleverly carved out space for a small utility room off the other side of the bathroom (not pictured). It contains a washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as an airing cupboard.
Vanity unit, Duravit.
Subtle links run throughout the house in the form of the wooden flooring and colour scheme, but also in the furniture and accessories – this desk, for example, is in the same style as the dining table, while the brass pendant chimes with the brass-lined lights over the kitchen island.
Walls painted in Slate Blue, Designers Guild. Desk by Nissen & Gehl, available at The Conran Shop. Void brass pendant light, Tom Dixon.
Walls painted in Slate Blue, Designers Guild.