Existing Approach and entrance to a 1960s home in Haslemere, Surrey:   by ArchitectureLIVE

Surrey Home Renovation from 60s to modern stlye

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK

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Today we bring you yet another outstanding home renovation and refurbishment project from the team at ArchitectureLIVE. The studio are specialists in renovating old homes that appear to be beyond help and repair, breathing new life into these buildings whilst maintaining their integrity and history.

Some say modern renovations extinguish the character of a home. However, this theory is again proven wrong when we see a classic brick home from the 1960s brought well and truly into the 21st century with sustainable upgrades, yet retaining all the charm and individuality from yesteryear.

Let's take a look…

Before: A familiar exterior

Existing Approach and entrance to a 1960s home in Haslemere, Surrey:   by ArchitectureLIVE

Existing Approach and entrance to a 1960s home in Haslemere, Surrey


A typical brick home, the former façade appears to be dated and a little worse for wear.  Not only does the brick look dirty and unkempt, the sections of cladding and woodwork also look old and tired. 

The building feels unwelcoming and cold, in a manner that almost closes itself off from the facing road. The canopy that stretches outwards from the front makes both the entrance and carport space seem dark, dank and uninviting. Certainly not the words you'd wish to describe your family home.

After: The new exterior

Contemporary Home Restoration and Extension for 1960s house in Haslemere, Surrey:   by ArchitectureLIVE

Contemporary Home Restoration and Extension for 1960s house in Haslemere, Surrey


As you can see, a lot has changed thanks to the conversion! An extension has been added, which acts as a standalone building that conforms to the existing style and shape of the property. The old bricks have been masterfully concealed by grey slate tiles, making the exterior appear uplifting and fresh. 

The ugly white cladding has too been replaced, updated instead with stark white render. Grey and white are a forever chic and elegant pair of colours so it comes as no surprise that the architects would choose this as an exterior colour scheme. 

The carport has been moved, located in front of the new build, allowing the now open plan living section to be bathed in natural light. The glass façade of the renovated carport draws the eye to the rear of the property, making the viewer think the property extends far beyond the confines of the block. Now, this home is inviting and charming, and beckons us to come inside and see what else has been achieved.

After: The rear view

Transforming a 1960s Detached Property, Haslemere, Surrey:  Houses by ArchitectureLIVE

Transforming a 1960s Detached Property, Haslemere, Surrey


From the rear you can see the relationship and contrast between the new and old buildings. A spacious wooden terrace now connects the two buildings, and can be used in both the spring and summer as a relaxing outdoor space. 

The burst of yellow peeking from underneath the eves may seem like a bold touch, but when you enter the home you will learn exactly why this flirtatious colour was employed! Here, you can see two pieces of architecture with a strong dialogue, yet the fusion of the two styles doesn't feel mismatched despite their obviously contrasting eras.

Cosmetically, it may not be obvious but the building underwent major changes in terms of energy-efficiency. Brand new double-glazed windows have been installed throughout, cavity and loft wall insulation was also included, as was a new underfloor heating system on the ground floor.

After: Streamlined entrance

Fully Glazed Dual Aspect Entrance Hall :   by ArchitectureLIVE

Fully Glazed Dual Aspect Entrance Hall


Striking as it is, the new design has dark grey window frames to match the slate of the façade. The foyer, which was once dark and unwelcoming, is now light-filled and spacious, totally opening up the interior envelope to the outside. 

Despite being within the confines of a home, the occupants can feel in touch with nature thanks to the expanse of environmentally conscious glass. The shadows cast by the trees on the property create an interesting effect, allowing the interior face to change depending on the season or time of day. 

The wooden floorboards, which can be seen throughout, not only link each room but also help to continue the feeling of openness and spaciousness throughout. 

After: A contemporary living space

Open Plan Living Area with Timber Flooring Throughout:  Dining room by ArchitectureLIVE

Open Plan Living Area with Timber Flooring Throughout


The living room is a wonderful culmination of modern and classic furniture and, as you can see, the pop of yellow evident from the outside has now been translated inside. 

Despite its open feeling, the room has been cleverly divided by furniture that act as partitions. The luxurious Chesterfield sofas that face inwards create an intimate and relaxing living space, versus the dining room and kitchen, which have more of a dialogue. 

The large wooden table is lined by Eames chairs, accentuated by the yellow of the roof support and the cords of the lamps. 

After: Spacious light-filled kitchen

Open Plan Kitchen featuring a Bespoke Kitchen Island:  Kitchen by ArchitectureLIVE

Open Plan Kitchen featuring a Bespoke Kitchen Island


We finish our tour in the kitchen, which we saw peering through in bottom of the previous image. A sleek and modern kitchen design occupies the space, reflecting the colour scheme seen on the exterior. 

Despite the contemporary appearance of the kitchen, it's a timeless and classic parallel design between island and cupboards. The glossy grey finish contrasts wonderfully against the stark white and natural finish of the floor. One of the most fascinating and beautiful design details in this area is the continuation of the floorboards onto the backing of the kitchen island.

For another fantastic home transformation project, don't miss: Inspiring Refurb of a Small Terrace.

What did you like most about this home's update?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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