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.


Highgate, London


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An early Georgian House