Buckingham Street was quite a headache of a house to design. Completely derelict and with wiring that dated back to the 1960s and plumbing that was getting on for being a century old, the entire property had to be gutted, stripped back and re-invented. The original ground floor plan had pokey separate living and dining rooms and a tiny, grim little kitchenette. The need to create a decent sized, practical family kitchen, dining and living space was absolutely paramount, which is why the decision was made to knock through into the hallway, creating the bespoke feature stair wall, ample storage and the much needed extra square footage. There is room for a sofa along the wall under the new skylight extension and the bar stool area has a convienient wine fridge to the left if cocktail bar is more your preferance than breakfast bar. The utilities are also all tucked away in this area of the kitchen, the zoning meaning that the food prep area stays as just that. I used bold floor tiling to unite the whole space and a rich grey-blue paint to contrast with the industrial copper chain lighting and white matte worktops. It’s now a flexible, inviting and practical family living space and compliments the Victorian period of the property as well as feeling bang up to date.


The new extension adds space and light. The utility area to the right allows practical ‘zoning’ and the area under the window can easily be “cocktail bar”, rather than “breakfast bar”.


The bespoke feature stair wall, with oodles of storage, is a unique, stylish and practical solution to the lack of space in the original layout.


I LOVE painting derelict floorboards white and contrasting them with beautiful walls-if they aren’t quite good enough to sand and varnish, this is a great alternative and leaves carpet choice to buyers’ personal taste if complete floor covering is their preferance.


The restored original working fireplace in one of the back bedrooms, complete with white floorboards, soft grey walls and vintage style bar rad and copper piping.


One of the two newly renovated bathrooms. This one has a luxurious slipper bath under the window and separate shower cubicle with wrap-around white metro wall tiling that seemlessly covers the entire back wall. A gorgeous Victorian style floor tile from Ted Baker pulls the look together, while the crisp whites and dark paint create a cohesive feel to the entire home, the colours and finishes literally drawing up through the house from the kitchen.