With the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show heading for ExCel from 21-23 September 2018, The Resident gets the lowdown on three brilliant London home improvement projects to inspire your own property remodeling ambitions
Lead image: Nathalie Priem for Mae House Design
A thoroughly modern rear extension
Builders and designers Putri and Ben Mackereth needed more space after the birth of their daughter and were looking for a four-bedroom house in Wimbledon. Realising their budget wasn’t going to stretch far enough, they decided to make use of their previous experience and purchased a more modest two-up, two-down property with plans to transform it. The Victorian terraced cottage had a dated décor, with a dark, impractical layout. But by adding a clever rear extension to create a family-sized open-plan kitchen diner and reconfiguring the layout to maximise the space, they managed to create a modern family home split over three floors. Putri is co-founder of Mae House Design, which carried out the project.
Reverse-living in Balham
A loft extension in this double-fronted Victorian flat provided a great opportunity to make the most of the lateral space of the building. By flipping the living space to the loft, the owners created a contemporary open-plan living space with endless light thanks to the large skylights, bi-folding windows and doors. The white-wash oak parquet flooring compliments the grey shades, while marble touches throughout the house give it a touch of luxe. This ‘reverse-living’ concept is an emerging trend that fits with the Don’t Move Improve ethos sweeping the capital. The project was completed by Mae House Design.
A West Norwood fixer-upper
When a two-bed flat in London failed to meet the needs of David and Ellie Parsons’ growing family, they were keen to find their ideal home in their neighbourhood of West Norwood, rather than moving further afield. After researching their options carefully, they bought a 1930s run down semi-detached property with the potential to become a four-bedroom house fit for modern living. Fortunately, David co-owns London-based architectural practice Selencky /// Parsons, so he had a few ideas. Between 2014 and 2017 the house underwent complete internal remodelling, adding a loft and two-storey extension in two separate stages, courtesy of Selencky /// Parsons, all while living on site with their two young children. With the help of a creative scheme they were able to afford a large dwelling that’s now valued at £900,000.
The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, running from 21-23 September 2018 at ExCel, is the go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators. Check out the latest trends, discover thousands of innovative new products and hear from industry experts in self-build and renovation, such as Jo Dyson, Sian Astley, Andy Stevens, Mike Edwards and Richard Harpin. See homebuildingshow.co.uk