Victorian Terrace House
Notting Hill, London | W11
This large Grade 2 Listed Victorian terrace house was originally designed as part of a unified scheme, conceived as a series of bow-fronted terraced houses, of which the two ends are flat fronted. This run of around ten houses was built between 1860-62. Each of them has four storeys, plus basement and overlooks an internal, communal crescent-shaped garden with trees.
When we started, the house was in a poor state, renovated and divided into multiple flats in the 1960s. The house was in urgent need of change. To accommodate our client’s large family (four young children), we were asked to bring back the house to its original form as a single dwelling house. In doing so, we reconnected the lower ground floor with a stair to the rest of the house - having found the line of the original stone stair. While we did add an extention, central to our work was to bring back as much of the home’s original glory in all its detailing, character and room arrangements. This included the full restoration of all cornicing, cantilevered stone stairs, original wrought iron balustrade as well as external front balcony and rear garden stone stairs.
While doing this, a careful selection of materials and finishes brings the house a new, contemporary edge. We worked together with an interior designer and client to achieve this. Materials included a Calacatta d’Oro kitchen countertop in combination with a modern, Shaker-style kitchen. We also worked with the contemporary blue and white entry hall Moroccan cement tiles in combination with reclaimed oak flooring. The original features were set in dialogue with contemporary patterned wall paper and rich use of fabrics and finishes to give the total house a refreshing listed property with a contemporary and timeless feel.