homify 360°: Reinvention of a Railway Cottage

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today on homify, we have a very interesting property to tour through. What stood before the contemporary and fresh home you will soon be privileged to see was actually once tired and dilapidated. A classic two-up two-down style terraced house; the existing internal layout was compartmentalised and not suited to modern needs. 

The brief of Clifton Interiors was therefore to create a home that was open plan, light-filled and fluid in connection from room-to-room. The property was extended by nearly 50% percent, with changes that need to be seen to be believed! Take a look…

Private haven

The courtyard area of this home is inviting and fresh; a wonderful mix of contemporary details and outdoor furniture. The arrangement of the furniture creates pockets of usable space, in particular, a wonderful outdoor dining area.

The subtle touches of greenery remind us that nature is close even in built up city life. Any courtyard such as this is a priceless pocket of space that makes the confines of urban sprawl so much more bearable.

Modern marvels

The new modern kitchen is open and bathed in natural light thanks to the new extension at the rear of the property. A wonderful mix of materials have been used here, with marble, glass, steel and leather working alongside one another in perfect harmony. The glass doors have given this space a new relationship, whereby the outside and inside spaces are now free to interact.

The spatial layout of the kitchen is ingenious for its size, allowing maximum storage possibilities and clever distinction of zones through the position of the stunning marble kitchen island. An area like this is conducive to conversation and interaction as the area is totally free of intrusive partitions.

Mixed mediums

In the living room we see many wonderful pieces of art on display. The colour palette and furnishing choices have been kept muted and simple, allowing the collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings to be the main focus. Despite this, the wonderful Nordic theme, provided by the clean cut grey sofa and pale timber floorboards oozes with minimalistic and modern charm.

The various pieces of mid-century furniture positioned around the space tell us a bit about the personality of the occupants and displays their obvious flair and penchant for beautiful elements in the design world.

Art and sculpture

Though there are many fine pieces of art on display, the staircase possesses its own sculptural quality. The open formation, coupled with the artistic handrail of steel and wood, takes centre stage in this room. It sparks our curiosity, beckoning us to go upstairs and see what treasures can be found.

Suite dreams

In the bedroom end of the property the roof was removed and replaced with a mono-pitch structure. For those unsure what the term mono-pitch roof means, it's a single-sloping roof structure that is not attached to another roof surface. For this reason, it is often called a lean-to roof or shed roof.

The shape of the new roof gives the master bedroom a stunning internal volume as the highest point stands at three metres tall. The monochromatic colour palette evident in the other rooms can be seen again here, as a wonderful, serene contrast against the stark white walls.

The image on the left is also very unique; how often do you see a free standing bathtub located anywhere other than the bathroom? In this instance, it is nestled amongst books and trinkets, in a space that is inviting and charmingly decorated.

Inspired by nature

The bathroom is also a scene of utter serenity and calm. Filled with natural light, thanks to the generously sized skylight, this petite bathroom is anything but small and cramped. In fact, it feels airy and spacious. The lack of solid partitions, provided by the glass shower wall, means no space is left in the dark. Light is able to infiltrate every surface and nook, keeping this bathroom pleasant all year round.

The low hung lights are another great feature, adding ambience to the space once the master switch to the room is turned off. We love the natural, earthy feel that the designers have employed, through the clever use of timber and pebbled surfaces.

To tour another wonderfully repurposed British property, check out: Extraordinary Barn Conversion.

What did you like most about this stylish home? Was it that freestanding bath in the bedroom?! We'd love to know!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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