Houzz Tour: A Rejig Gives a Victorian Flat More Space and Light
Maximising daylight and reworking the floorplan gave this two-floor flat in a Victorian terrace a new lease of life
Who lives here? A professional couple
Location Victoria Park, east London
Property A converted Victorian terraced house
Size Two bedrooms and one bathroom
Architect Daniel Rees of REES Architects
Photos by Chris Snook
This Victorian flat in east London is laid out over two floors, with the living spaces on one, and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the level above. Daniel reworked the layouts on both floors to update the home.
Here on the lower level, he took down the wall separating the kitchen and living room, making the floorplan more open and allowing daylight from both aspects of the building into the space.
In the living space, the blinds are opaque, but Daniel fitted blackout versions in the bedrooms.
Ritchie sofa, Made.com. Rugs, John Lewis.
He helped the owners to select furniture with proportions to fit the open-plan living-dining space, and in a mix of styles to create a comfortable combination.
Albert pendant lamp, Made.com. Jerry dining table and chairs, Habitat. Artwork, MassifCentral.
Browse pendant lights in the Houzz Shop.
The wall is shown off to best effect at the end of the day. “The sun hits it in the evenings and creates really nice shadows,” Daniel says. Neat, floating shelves create display space.
Wall painted in French Grey Dark, Little Greene.
He chose pale green for the base units, but the wall cabinets are white. “Keeping them in the same colour as the walls makes the kitchen feel bigger,” he says. The green, meanwhile, is both calming and refreshing.
To reduce the overall cost of the kitchen, the wall cabinets were from a less pricey supplier than the base units. “It’s better to spend money on the ones that get a lot of wear and tear,” Daniel says.
Hard-wearing quartz was chosen for the worktop and splashback.
Base units, British Standard. Wall units, Ikea.
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Rails above the worktop add further storage that makes items easy to grab. To accommodate small appliances such as the kettle and toaster without compromising preparation space, the surface is a deeper-than-usual 700mm.
Base units painted in Sage Green, Little Greene.
The glass has the same opening-up effect on the narrow hall and stair area, too.
Wall painted in Obsidian Green, Little Greene. Voronoi pendant lights, Tala. Tap, Milano.
“Before, the washing machine was in the kitchen, but a separate room means it’s not making lots of noise when the owners are watching TV or have friends round for dinner,” he says.
Cupboard painted in Blush, Little Greene.
Furniture in the same tone as the floor was chosen for the rooms.
Bed; Tatsuma Ash bedside table, both Habitat. Rug, Ikea.
Tatsuma Ash chest of drawers, Habitat. ‘Enameled’ Warehouse pendant light, Zangra.
The niche above the basin has a black metallic finish with an LED strip fitted to illuminate it, and creates a contrast with the crisp, white elements of the room.
An LED strip light in the ceiling casts a soft glow over the shower area.
The combination of mosaic tiles behind the toilet and basin, an in-between size on the wall above the bath, and the big floor tiles, adds some texture and interest to the room.
The door handle is black with a copper edge, echoing the kitchen cabinet knobs. “Because we went for light paint throughout, it creates a good contrast and it’s more modern than chrome or stainless-steel,” Daniel says.
Handles, Karcher Design.
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