An early Georgian House
This house is more of a cottage – with tiny rooms and a wonderful, diminutive scale – in a fabulous terrace of listed early Georgian houses on the edge of Highgate, then just a small country village now consumed into London.
Our clients are a young family who had lived in the house for a number of years and loved it, but needed to make it better fit for their lifestyle. A dark galley kitchen was ripped out and we tore off awful rear extensions before remodelling to create a new lower-ground floor kitchen and, at the ground floor, an octagonal bay bookroom/study in place of a miserable and barely-used WC.
Listed building permission was achieved and we moved slowly into construction phase and then to decoration. The owners had a sense of fun and adventure but no preconceptions, and we worked with them to achieve a house that was full of charm and surprise. As we worked together, it emerged that they had a love of colour and pattern and the living rooms are richly coloured and packed with fun. Bedrooms are calmer and more restful but belong happily with the whole ensemble.