Victorian Detached House
Tufnell Park, London | N7
Within the Tufnell Park conservation area, this project is a full refurbishment of a detached 1860-70s Victorian house. The main objective was to restore the dignity of a building that had previously been compartmentalized into several flats and convert it back into a single-family house.
Maintaining the qualities of the house as much as possible was part of the brief, while adding a new contemporary layer to its history. A significant number of architectural features were luckily intact enabling the creation of a warm home with an eclectic and rich use of materials through careful restoration and balance of new and reclaimed materials.
The existing structure was kept throughout with strategic internal demolitions and new openings at ground floor level created a fluid succession of rooms interconnected for the main floor of the house. Opening up the end of the staircase ceiling created unexpected geometries while flooding the original staircase with natural light. The lower ground floor was rearranged to create a children's playroom connected to the rear garden through a lightwell, guest bedroom plus technical areas.