How to elegantly extend a Victorian home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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We are well aware that English homes have a special charm. There's something about chimneys, coined windows and brick façades that feels both homely and enchanting. As beautiful as these historical homes are, without any modern updates or thought, they don't suit the needs of modern family life. Especially so in the Victorian period, homes were dark and compartmentalised, and the notion of open plan living was unheard of until centuries later.

Thankfully, designers like Genevieve Hurley Interiors have come to the aid of these quintessentially English homes, rethinking the interiors and adapting them to suit 21st century demands. This project is particularly special as it pays homage to the era of the building, complementing the original features rather than overpowering them. Below is an impressive kitchen and living extension project that will have you glowing green with envy. Take a look…

The exterior

Choosing to grow the footprint of the ground floor, the designers have seamlessly merged the new extension into the existing property. The balustrade and large sliding doors are made from large sheets of glass, helping to connect and blend old with new.

The open plan kitchen & dining area

Inside, we can see that more than your average conversion has taken place. In fact, the entire ground floor has been remodelled. The result is an open, light-filled and spacious combined kitchen and dining area. On top of this, the fit out has been completed with modern appliances, stylish furniture and classically refined details. 

The work area

Stepping inside the kitchen, we see a rather unconventional oven and stove combination. This cast iron AGA cooker, despite its obviously different appearance to the cabinetry, adds a necessary contrast to a kitchen that has an aura of purism and calm. 

The kitchen island

Kitchen islands are at the height of popularity, and it's not hard to understand why. Gone are the days when there were designated zones for food preparation, eating and living—now, it is possible to have all of these experiences in one in a space that is conducive to sociability and interaction. This is great for those who love to entertain or want to keep an eye on the kids while their culinary masterpieces bubble away on the stove.

The living room

The living room has found it's place between contemporary and tradition. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and dining area, an intimate zone has been created thanks to simple partitioning. The elegant navy blue feature wall adds an air of mystery and grace, and is complemented wonderfully by the neutral choice of furniture and decoration.

If you'd like to see another wonderful extension project, we recommend the following ideabook: Dramatic extension of a typical brick home

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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