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Robert Rhodes Architecture + Interiors unveils resplendent London Victorian villa renovation

See inside this elegant renovation with a New York loft-style kitchen...

If you're sitting at home looking for inspiration for your next interiors project, this new renovation reveal from Robert Rhodes Architecture + Interiors is a must-see.

For the Clerkenwell-based practice, to describe the renovation of their recent project as a labour of love would be an understatement, it was more like an epic struggle against insurmountable odds.

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A Victorian villa located in a South London conservation area, its owners were introduced to Robert Rhodes in June 2014.

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They had purchased an elegant wreck; an enormous eight-bedroom, now five-bedroom, Victorian villa that had previously been the home of a multi-generational family. The magnitude of the property meant that even basic renovation would cost a small fortune.

The task set to Robert Rhodes was simple but challenging; total renovation and reconfiguration, with new heating, plumbing and electrics, new floors, structural repairs, new joinery, new bathrooms, a music studio, a wine cellar, new sash windows, landscaping, repointing… all for less than £1000/m2.

The owners also wanted a kitchen that felt like a New York loft, complete with a polished concrete floor, underfloor heating and large floor to ceiling Crittall windows.

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As part of the approach for the interior and exterior concept, Robert Rhodes combined traditional architectural details including finely-crafted gauged arches and denticulated brickwork on the rear elevation with fun details such as a hidden “jib” door that provides access to a dressing room and theatre lights in the master bathroom.

Taking four years from start to finish, it is a forever home which Robert Rhodes and the property’s owners collectively made that makes the project so special.

Inside, as well as out, the project was about collaboration; it is the result of a brilliant working relationship between architect, design team and homeowner - and we're sure you'll agree, the results are more than impressive.

HALLWAY

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KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

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RECEPTION

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LIVING ROOM

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STUDY

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BATHROOMS

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