Houzz Tour: A Light-filled Victorian Flat With a Sociable Heart
A converted Victorian grain store in vibrant Shoreditch, east London, is now home to an eclectic, bright flat full of travel treasures
The position of existing windows and the narrow width of the flat dictated the final configuration to some degree, but otherwise Davies was free to rationalise it, with the aim of making the most of every inch of space and celebrating its bright aspect.
Who lives here A single man who works in the film industry
Property A second floor flat in a Victorian property, formerly used as a grain store
Location Shoreditch, east London
Size 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (85 sq m in total)
Designer James Davies of Paper House Project
Photos by Simon Maxwell
“We wanted to create a sense of space and openness here,” says James Davies. “It’s a cool building with so many windows and lots of light flooding in. We tried to retain as many original features as we could, including the exposed brick, as a reminder of its former use.”
Pendant lights, Heal’s.
There was a lot of circulation space in the original configuration that’s now incorporated into the living area. “We also maintained the height of the door openings and fitted large pocket doors to the kitchen and bathroom,” says Davies. “This was tricky because of all the services within the kitchen wall, but it was important to create clean visual lines down the flat.”
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The large boards mean there are hardly any visible joins, giving the floor the look of poured rubber or concrete. “It’s pale, too, so it reflects light and keeps the space feeling bright,” he adds.
Numerous windows keep it light. “We put in brand-new timber sash windows throughout,” says Davies.
Kitchen, Howdens. Praise 1 sink, Cooke & Lewis at B&Q. Eurosmart Chrome Mono Kitchen Sink Mixer tap, Grohe at Tapsuk.com. Worktop, Matt Antrobus.
Tabor bath, Betterbathrooms.com.
Porcelain tiles, Tile Mountain. Vero wash basin, Duravit; Concetto Wall Mounted 2 Hole basin mixer tap, Grohe; both at QS Supplies. Euphoria Cosmopolitan 180 Showerhead, Grohe at PlumbNation. Pocket door, Hafele.
The fitted wardrobes act as the dividing partition between this room and the adjoining second bedroom. “We were trying to make as much use of space as possible,” says Davies. “The partition is 900mm wide, and on one side, in one bedroom, the storage might be 600mm deep while on the other side it’s 200-250mm deep. This is varied to give different sizes of storage [to each bedroom] with a partition in-between.”
The desk is made with a floating sub-frame clad in solid oak, with floating shelves above.
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