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This average 1950s semi gets a dramatic renovation

Caitlin Hughes Caitlin Hughes
Design and build of a 2 storey rear extension, outbuilding and loft conversion to a 3 bed semidetached property in the outskirts of London Modern houses by Progressive Design London Modern
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This is the story of how a neglected 1950s house became a stunning family home suitable for modern life, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Progressive Design London and Robert's 21st Century Design.

The transformation involved a complete re-landscaping of the garden, new plumbing and electrics, new flooring throughout, a modern open-plan kitchen and living area, as well as a smart and practical rear extension. The extensive work also covered the reshaping of the first-floor, the installation of a new staircase and a loft conversion!

Here's a glimpse of what the house looks like following its impressive home improvement.

Before: Work begins

Design and build of a 2 storey rear extension, outbuilding and loft conversion to a 3 bed semidetached property in the outskirts of London Modern houses by Progressive Design London Modern
Progressive Design London

Design and build of a 2 storey rear extension, outbuilding and loft conversion to a 3 bed semidetached property in the outskirts of London

Progressive Design London

This was a neglected property that needed a huge amount of attention as the garden was overgrown, all the plumbing and electrics were dangerous and the floors were uneven, thereby rendering the house unlivable.

Before: Up in flames

It looks like something has gone terribly wrong but don't worry, it's all under control! After two days of cutting back vegetation and clearing space in the garden, this is the view from the house.

After: View from the rear

The rear exterior lives up to our expectations of a traditional family home. The pitched roof, loft extension and bi-folding doors, which lead out on to a smart patio area, are all staples of a typical 20th century property that's been updated for 21st century living.

A low-maintenance yet attractive lawn is the perfect place for the kids to play, and the modern timber fencing provides the family with all the privacy they need. 

After: The new outhouse

The transformation is even more apparent from this angle, which reveals a beautiful modern outhouse that provides that all important extra storage space.

As you can see, the garden, which was once a vision of chaos, is now a welcoming suntrap. The garden has been levelled, new turf has been laid and new flowerbeds, which are sure to add an extra burst of colour, have been dug.

After: Contemporary kitchen

Heading inside, we see the contemporary kitchen, which follows a neutral colour scheme of muted greys and soft white shades. The pale timber floorboards give the room a Scandinavian feel, whereas the stainless steel fittings and lamps are a nod to the current industrial trend.

Chic, modern and minimal, this kitchen is certainly one to be proud of. The island, finished with a glossy white bench top and surrounded by comfy stools, is the perfect spot to gather together friends for drinks and a catch up. 

After: Modern living area

The living area flows directly off from the kitchen, keeping to the same style and colour palette. The spotlights above ensure light is evenly dispersed across the room in the evenings, which helps to create a relaxed and cosy ambience.

However, natural light can easily access the lower-floor thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors.

After: Stylish bathroom

This stylish bathroom is the largest of the three that can be found within the house.

A simple white suite creates a classic look, which is contrasted by the quirky ceramic floor tiles. Their swirling '70s inspired patterns form a cool visual effect that makes this space unique. 

After: Trendy office

exciting office space Modern study/office by homify Modern

exciting office space


In-keeping with the minimalist design of the kitchen and living area, the office has been painted in the same tones of grey and white, with spotlights used to illuminate the space above the desk. There is also a back light in the ceiling, which is an unusual but practical feature that makes perfect sense in an office where you can often find yourself staring at a screen late into the night. 

A recessed cubbyhole provides a focal point where trinkets and ornaments can be displayed, with functional shelving units used for keeping books and files in order. 

After: The modern bedroom

Finally, we're taking a look at the bedroom. Simple and effective, the room is furnished with the essentials and boasts floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, keeping clutter and clothing hidden for a sleek and streamlined look.

Pops of lime green liven up the neutral interiors though, overall, the bedroom has a minimal look and calm vibe that's conducive to a good night's rest.

If you enjoyed this renovation, don't miss: A family's shocking home refurbishment.

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