Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: classic Houses by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Victorian House refurbishment with 21st century standards

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Here on homify, we absolutely love seeing projects that harmoniously fuse two different home design styles and eras together. More and more, we are seeing homes that have benefited from extensions and refurbishments, not just in resale value, but also in terms of revamping and reviving the internal feeling of the home.

Unfortunately, listed properties, as beautiful as they are, tend to have an internal layout that doesn't suit modern living standards or needs. The notion of open plan living wasn't born until centuries later, so we're faced with having to reorganise and recalibrate the interior of these homes to meet 21st century standards.

The home we're privileged to tour today is located in a conservation area in Crouch End, London, which is an area known for many Victorian era buildings. This project is unique; not only because of its historical value, but also because the exterior façade tells a totally different story to the bold, modern extension at the rear.

From red brick and ornate window mouldings, to a new build that appears to float, this project is sure to have you wowed for quite some time.

Let's take a closer look…

A historical front

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: classic Houses by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

This beautiful early Victorian era home, which is Grade 2 listed, has undergone a refurbishment both internally and externally. 

As mentioned above, little would you know from this exterior view, that a bold modern extension is hiding at the rear.

Open plan living

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: minimalistic Kitchen by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

Given that many Victorian homes are poorly laid out internally, very often being compartmentalised and dark, it is important to make the occupants feel as though the rooms at the 'heart of the home' are open and spacious. 

In this instance, the kitchen and dining area have a wonderful spatial relationship. Gone are the days when dining rooms and kitchens were separated from one another. It's now the norm to celebrate the union of these rooms, making the most of delicious cooking aromas and the treasured sound of pots simmering on the stove. After all, the lead up to a meal is almost as important as the meal itself, right? 

Fine dining

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: modern Dining room by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

What better place to dine with family and friends! Whether the occupants are hosting a breakfast, lunch or dinner, perhaps even drinks, this wonderfully simple yet elegant dining area speaks for itself.

The lack of ornamentation tells us that the concentration and focal point of this room is the view, and rightly so. The minimalist interiors are in direct contrast to the exterior façade we saw earlier but, nonetheless, this is a great example for aspiring historic home renovators, showing in detail that it is possible to merge two different eras together to great effect.

Old meets new

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: modern Houses by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

As you can see, the architects have matched the timber cladding of the extension as closely as possible to the existing brickwork. As different as they may be in material finish, the tonal scale is similar, thereby allowing the new and old parts of this home to have an honest dialogue.

This was an integral part of the design process as the architects chose to employ a sensitive, rather than contrasting design. The black frames of the glass doors mimic the colour of the original roof, pipes and window work, blending the features harmoniously together. You can only just imagine what this space would look like totally opened up, and you are treated to this view, below…

Reflections

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment: modern Houses by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

Before we leave this wonderful English home, we take one last glance at the extension, which has been fully opened to show off the effect of the folding glass doors.

Energy-efficient and beautiful, there is a stunning juxtaposition created between the two spaces. The outside and inside have come together as one, and the design facilitates the use of space all year round. No matter what the weather conditions are outside—be it snowfall, rain or sunshine—you can relax in both solitude and in company within the confines of your own four walls.

For more British extension inspiration, check out: Humble Extension with Big Wow Factor.

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