The renovation of this mid-terraced home in South London predominantly revolved around not only updating and improving the overall aesthetic, but equally focused on injecting value into the property. How? Ample built-in storage space, multiple lighting sources with dimmers, hard wood flooring, quartz countertops and updated fixtures all contributed in reviving this property into one that the client is able to enjoy but also have confidence with regards to its future value.
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Before we stepped in, the property was dated, dark and lacked structural aesthetic. For a relatively small property, it was important to emphasise the ceiling height which meant removing the wooden panelling on the walls since it cut the wall height short. The old wood shelves, panelling and fireplace surround were removed with a view to build bespoke shelf and cupboard units to provide ample storage for the client’s belongings. Previously, there was no front entrance as the outside door literally opened into the living room, so we built a front porch with a separate front door to keep the cold air out and store shoes and coats.
As we outline in our article on what homebuyers don’t want to see in your home, the carpeting had to go. Carpeting is great for upstairs spaces, typically where the bedrooms are to keep your feet warm and insulate your home. However it really is not practical for ground floors or spaces that are often used such as living rooms or dining rooms since they stain easily and date quickly.
The bathroom was very tired looking and was in desperate need of a facelift. Limescale and traces of mould strongly suggested that we needed to tear all the flooring, walls, lighting and furniture out and start fresh. We didn’t have much space to work with, however we were able to give this space a huge make over! From a resale perspective, having clean, hygienic and up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms are extremely important not only for you to enjoy for your duration within a home, but more importantly for future buyers. Most home buyers will be inclined to invest in a home that is already up-to-date and does not require any work.
Similar to the bathroom, the kitchen also needed some help in terms of updating the cupboards to a more contemporary colour and feel, replacing the countertops and backsplash with a more consistent and fresh colour scheme. When we first visited the property, we asked the homeowner where the refrigerator was as he was living with a half-size fridge! (Not ideal for anyone who loves to cook)! This was something we were definitely going to change to accessibility and enjoyment, as well as relocating the boiler which was an eye sore.
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We completely stripped out the entire inside of the house and started fresh.
— After —
The vision for the living / dining area was to fill any empty spaces in the wall recesses by bringing them to life either in a bespoke shelving and/or cupboard unit. From an aesthetic and functional perspective, shelving and cupboard units provide visible and concealed storage space enabling you to have control over how you display your belongings. We also concealed the fuse in the living room corner with a cupboard unit.
Before, the property lacked lighting sources with only one central spotlight fixture. Now, three separate sources all with dimmers allow the client to change the lighting according to the atmosphere and ambience he desires. Where a contemporary pendant connects both rooms, it also provides the ability of a warm, glowing light for the evening and the ceiling pods are flexible in enabling more brightness for the client.
We echoed this notion of brightness also within the colour scheme which consisted of Farrow and Ball‘s Cornforth White and All White. Cornforth White is warm, calming grey which is combined with All White for a fresh, bright colour scheme.
After stripping out all the old, dated carpeting, we installed oak hardwood flooring which creates a contemporary, clean and fresh appeal. You can benefit from hardwood flooring not only from its appearance, but its easy-to-clean quality, ability for underfloor heating and lastly the value it can inject into a property.
The furniture selection could be described as contemporary with a traditional and eclectic twist. Comfort and versatility was important which is why we stuck to neutrals, creams and pale blue throughout.
A quick iPhone picture to show the new entryway with two contemporary doors aligned with the external and internal colour scheme. Since we had spare porcelain tiles from the bathroom, we decided to reuse these in the entryway which works well as they are water resilient — ideal for those rainy days! On either side of the front door are windows to allow the natural light to filter through and to the right of the front door is a space for shoes and coats to hang.
The client wanted a masculine appearance for the bathroom while also bringing in ample lighting (natural lighting is best!). We built up higher into the skylight to produce the illusion of depth and installed dimmer pod lighting surrounding the skylight. We selected porcelain wood-effect tiles from Fired Earth to not only have consistency with the hard wood flooring throughout the rest of the ground floor, but to also help with this masculine aesthetic the client desired. The Retro Metro tiles make up all the wall space in the bathroom and reflect the natural light, opening up the space further.
The hard wood flooring continued from the living and dining area into the kitchen to create a consistent aesthetic in the home. We installed granite countertops and a new inset sink. Most importantly, we removed the half-size refrigerator and installed the largest fridge we could find that would fit into the space we had.
A glass backsplash with brand new chrome USB sockets creates not only clean appearance but also functionally, is easy to clean. USB sockets are becoming more and more popular as people use their phones, tablets and computers to follow recipes in the kitchen so something to consider if you are thinking of renovating.
If you are thinking of a home renovation or a small home improvement project, why not contact us to see if we can help! No matter your budget or style, big or small, contemporary or traditional, we will endeavour to create your dream home aligned with your vision. Simply get in touch!