Modern secrets inside a classic home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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As children, your parents or grandparents would have told you to never judge a book by its cover. This is becoming a more and more popular notion as time passes, given that many period homes are undergoing wonderful modern extensions or refurbishments inside. The beauty of these projects is that the historical integrity of a home is not compromised, nor is the streetscape. So, while you may have an oasis of Nordic design inside, the outside may tell a story of Victorian or Edwardian times.

The project we are looking at today was completed by RS Architects. Completed in June 2014, the brief entailed the full refurbishment of this residential home, which included the replacement of internal flooring and doors to the living room. On top of this, a single storey extension was added to the rear of the property, and boasts a stunning, light filled kitchen thanks to the addition of rooflights. Take a look…

Streetview

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

From the outside, it's impossible to know how modern and light filled this house is inside. Typically British in appearance, the red brick and white painted frames conjure up emotions of nostalgia and curiosity. If you, like us, are dying to know what hides behind these doors, we suggest you scroll down and begin the tour! 

Kitchen

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

We begin our tour in the heart of the home—the kitchen. Here, the beautiful existing windows are allowed to take centre stage, yet are complemented by a wonderful new kitchen worktop, splashback and cabinetry. Classic in design, yet with a modern spin, the choice of the ever popular black and white colour scheme is timeless and elegant. Everyone knows that washing up can be such a chore, but when you are privileged to a view such as this, you'll soon forget what you were doing and be at the mercy of the lush garden setting.

Living area

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

With a bold modern take on a traditional fireplace, the living area is too, light filled and spacious. Ample light flows in from the windows to the front of the house, with the rear of this space looking out onto the garden. A wonderful blank canvas, you can just imagine the myriad of different design styles that would suit this classic, yet contemporary living area.

Bedroom

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

The bedroom is light filled and bright—definitely adjectives you would love to describe your prized bedroom space. The stark white walls allow the light to penetrate the space completely, bouncing it from every corner, leaving no nook and cranny in darkness.

Bathroom 1

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

The first bathroom is accessible via the bedroom, and complements the white on white colour palette to great effect. Compact in size, yet not lacking imagination in the slightest, the floor to ceiling marble tiles are simply stunning. Given the width of the space, furniture and fixtures have been kept to a minimum, with the only partitions being made from glass. This means that the available light can illuminate the space without interference. 

Bathroom 2

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters: classic Houses by RS Architects
RS Architects

Refurbishment and Ground Floor Extension, Cockfosters

RS Architects

The second bathroom sees an entirely different colour palette all together. Here, we find a more neutral and earthy scheme, which is just as contemporary and fresh. The wooden cabinetry contrasts wonderfully against the beige tilework. We absolutely love the use of dual coloured tiles—it gives the room a sense of height and grandeur. The silver fittings from the tap and towel rack merge and are the perfect finishing touches, giving the space a bit of sparkle.

If you want to see more exciting renovation projects, click here.

What is your favourite part of the extension? Let us know in the comments section below.
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