Stylish makeover for a traditional home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Some of our favourite homes on the homify platform are those that tell one story from the outside, and reveal another inside. Located in the historical town of Hexham in north east England, we find a beautiful stone faced home with a stellar modern interior. Though the sparkling exterior gives away little hints as to what's inside, you'll still be surprised by how light filled and sleek the new internal layout and furnishings are. Now, the occupants can live inside a home that feels part of English history, yet is updated with all the modcons and requirements to suit modern, 21st century life. Take a look…

The street front

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham: modern Houses by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham

MWE Architects

It's hard to imagine looking at this immaculately kept brick fronted home that there are a score of modern secrets hidden inside. Charming and representative of the era, the renovation work that has taken place by MWE Architects inside cannot be seen from this angle. The exterior is in-keeping with the buildings that neighbour it, cleverly retaining the streetscape.

The rear

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham: rustic Houses by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham

MWE Architects

The rear of the building, on the other hand, has a very subtle modern addition extending from the first floor. You can see that the frosted glass balustrade is not indicative of the era of the existing home, however, the choice of material allows the balcony to blend in, rather than stick out.

The living room

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham: modern Living room by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham

MWE Architects

Inside, we can finally make sense of the contrast between the contemporary interiors and the traditional exterior that we mentioned in the introduction. Mixing classic elements, such as the fireplace and mantelpiece with the stark white walls and sleek furniture, we find a modern living room that oozes with elegance and class. You'll notice that the interiors feel at home in the current era, yet still show hints of the building's past. We love the final touch that has been added to make the space feel welcoming—the letters which spell out HOME.

The kitchen

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham: modern Kitchen by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham

MWE Architects

The kitchen too, is a melange of modern and classic elements fused together to great effect. We can see that contemporary appliances tie in nicely against colonial style cabinetry to great effect. All storage needs have definitely been met, with every inch of space cleverly resolved. The recessed downlights totally illuminate the kitchen, meaning the occupants can execute their culinary dreams (or nightmares) in the best light possible. provide Furthering this, the dark benchtop adds a touch of drama to this fairly neutral space. 

The bathroom

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham: modern Bathroom by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Shaftoe Cresent, Hexham

MWE Architects

The bathroom is a stunning mix of pale grey and white tones. All fittings and fixtures are modern and on trend, with the large mirror propelling the amount of available light even further out into the space. The shower unit is completely made of glass to keep the room free of heavy partitions, ensuring that even the tightest of corners have access to light. Both the ledge and cupboards provide ample space for storage of all those bathroom items we seem to accumulate over time, meaning this beautiful space will always keep neat and tidy!

To see another wonderful residential property go under the knife, check out the following ideabook: Fabulous refurbished Mews in Kensington

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