Houzz Tour: An Elegantly Renovated Victorian Villa in Southwest London
A clever reconfiguration and the use of quality materials transformed a muddled house into a beautiful entertaining and living space
‘There were several big things on our clients’ wish list,’ explains Silvia Maiorino, lead architect on the project. ‘Firstly, they wanted to improve the relationship between the inside and outside areas, particularly at the back – to be able to move freely between the two. Then we had to improve the look of the rear elevation. It was a bit shambolic due to several additions made in the second half of the 1900s,’ she explains.
‘The basement was to become the hub of the house, with a desire for easy access to the garden, more light and better proportioned rooms. The family asked us to maintain an authentic and coherent feel throughout – Regency architecture in a neoclassical style, which becomes more pared down as you work your way to the top floor, a characteristic hierarchy in a house of this period,’ says Silvia. ‘Finally, the works were to be definitive and serve the needs of the family for a long time. That meant, among other things, incorporating solar panels, thermally efficient materials and underfloor heating throughout.’
To make the task even more challenging, this property is in a conservation area, so Silvia and her team at Russell Taylor Architects had to tread very carefully when liaising with the local planning department. ‘We were in planning longer than they were on site,’ she recalls. ‘Extending through the back was a major undertaking and the application process certainly influenced the design.’
Their patience has certainly paid off: the result is a meticulously conceived, family-friendly home that effortlessly flows from one detail-rich room to the next.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A young family with three children
Location Southwest London
Architect Silvia Maiorino of Russell Taylor Architects
Size 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Check out these ways to maximise a small hallway
Explore a range of wet rooms