Derelict Victorian semi receives a full make over

Our client approached us after purchasing a derelict 3 bedroom Victorian semi-detached house in Twickenham. It demonstrated the typical Victorian layout with small closed off rooms with the later addition of a bathroom on the rear of the house.

Our brief; create a luxury 4-bedroom family home with spacious rooms that flow, whilst considering and maximising resale value.

The Fluent designers worked with the client to agree upon a concept to convert the loft creating an extra bedroom and open the ground floor living space adding a rear extension to make way for a desirable kitchen diner space.

The property is end of terrace, so any design had to be in keeping with the character of the area but also done so to limit the impact on the neighbouring properties. Having gained consent on other properties in the area with similar footprint our team knew the best route to gain a large open space was to apply under a Householder planning application rather than take advantage of permitted development rights. Working with the council we overcame their concerns around the height of the extension along the boundaries creating a design that tied in with the tall ceiling heights in the existing house.

Our client was very involved during the build and our team were able to provide specific design details, such as ways to minimise the amount of insulation being used to maximise internal room sizes and, how to install bi-folding doors and steel work to allow for the frame of the doors to be hidden maximising the view out to the garden and allowing as much light into the property as possible.

The end results speak for itself; the material choice and overall design means that the addition of the contemporary elements sits well against the charm of the original Victorian semi enhancing its original features.