A Georgian home in west London that has been completely redesigned

Planning limitations meant a clever approach had to be taken when this period home was renovated. Now it provides the ideal setting for busy family life.

The homeowners moved into this Georgian house in west London in 2004, when its interior design was a far cry from what you see here. ‘There was a lot of wood panelling and a dark, miserable kitchen,’ says the owner. Although they redecorated and replaced the kitchen, by the end of 2013 the couple realised the time had come to completely refurbish the house to accommodate their changing needs and those of their children.

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THE PROPERTY

Tall, narrow houses such as this are not well suited to modern life so the redesign was an opportunity to rework the internal space. The kitchen-dining room, for instance, was on the ground floor, which meant the couple spent all of their time there, but they wanted to find a way that would make it easier to use the whole house. ‘I think the key to it was extending the lower ground floor and moving the kitchen down there, turning the original kitchen into a sitting room and moving the bathrooms,’ they say.

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‘We asked Holloways of Ludlow to carry out the work. I’ve known Rob Burnett, who started the company with his sister Sarah, for a while – he has an amazing eye. I worked very closely with the team, designing a lot of bespoke cabinetry and cupboards. I love hidden spaces, which we created all around the house,’ say the owner.

DINING ROOM

Located in the new basement, this room is surprisingly light. A carefully considered cabinet top display matches the tones of the artworks above.

Georgian townhouse

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LIVING ROOM

Two sideboards designed by Sarah flank the original fireplace; the one on the left houses a drinks cabinet while the one on the right conceals a pop-up television.

Georgian townhouse

Pentagon chandelier, from £1,104, Bella Figura, bella-figura.com. Chrome Chinese Barrel seats, £220 each, Oka, oka.com.

FAMILY ROOM

As the lower ground floor is not listed, the owner was able to extend over the garden, creating a ‘grown-up playroom’ where the family read, watch television and work together.

Georgian townhouse

Bend sofa, from £5,000, Patricia Urquiola at B&B Italia, bebitalia.com.

KITCHEN

Connecting the family room and dining room, this scheme employs stylish yet practical surfaces such as spray-lacquered doors and Cohiba granite worktops. A sliding door covered in antique-mirror-effect wallpaper closes the dining room off from the kitchen when the couple have dinner parties.

Georgian townhouse

Lustre Tile wallpaper in Pewter, £89 a roll, Zoffany at F&P Interiors, fabricsandpapers.com. Kitchen and joinery throughout, Holloways of Ludlow, hollowaysofludlow.com.

DINING ROOM

This chic space is designed for grown-up entertaining, with a neutral palette that contrasts with the strong colours in the family room.

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Balance shelving, £895; Jill chairs, £354 each; both The Conran Shop, theconranshop.co.uk.

MAIN BEDROOM

Neat joinery in the form of made-to-measure bookshelves and a radiator cover, which allow a discreet bookshelves space and for a a radiator television, cover, sit which well in this restful scheme that fuses period character and modern design.

Georgian townhouse

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MAIN BATHROOM

‘We weren’t allowed to change the walls, so we built them out to conceal parts of the cabinetry, for example there’s storage hidden behind the mirror,’ says Richard McGee of Holloways of Ludlow.

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CORRIDOR

This area of the first floor houses built-in storage cupboards and the family’s piano.

Georgian townhouse

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DAUGHTER’S BEDROOM

A hidden workstation allows homework to be neatly tidied away at the end of the day.

Georgian townhouse

Curtains in My Dear, 300cm wide, £221.80m, Elitis at Abbott & Boyd, abbottandboyd.co.uk.

SON’S BEDROOM

A floating desk provides a large surface area without interrupting the airy space.

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Louis Ghost armchair, £209, Graham and Green, grahamandgreen.co.uk.

SHOWER ROOM

Handy niches were built into the wall cavity in the shower, to provide space for easy-to-reach toiletries and preserve the room’s streamlined look.

Georgian townhouse

Image credit: Jonathan Gooch

Photography/ Johnathan Gooch

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