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Bath is undoubtedly one of the most stunning and luxurious towns in the southwest English countryside. Known for its rolling green hills, natural hot springs, and 18th century Georgian architecture, Bath is a striking, history-rich location filled with an abundance of beautiful homes. Today on homify we are looking at one of those very dwellings, a gorgeous example of English architecture that is located on the southern slopes of central Bath.The owners of this run-down property purchased it with the aspiration of converting it from student accommodation, back into a family residence. With help from the team at Designscape Architects, the property has been given a new lease on life, while retaining many valuable historic aspects of its original design. With views across the Kennet and Avon Canal to the city skyline, this is truly a beautiful house that has been transformed into a modern 21st century home. 

If you would like to take a look at some of the elegant and sophisticated changes to this intriguing property, check out the images below, and get some inspiration for your next home makeover or renovation.

The renovated facade

Before renovation was to begin on this historic property, the architects undertook a careful analysis of the building fabric, and prepared a scheme to strip back the modern and often inappropriate interventions. Original features were repaired, and new contemporary features were subtly introduced to ensure the home would be fit for modern living. The stone fascia has been restored and the colour scheme to match is a light, bright, and cheerful tone.

The contemporary exterior

As we move behind the property and take a look at the exterior facade, we are able to see the new contemporary rear extension that provides floor to ceiling glazing in order to make the most of the stunning views beyond. The garden is a good size, and has been landscaped for comfortable family life, maximising grass and lawn areas, ensuring there is plenty of space to play and relax.

The new living and dining space

Zooming closer into the new addition, we are able to see the sleek lines of the contemporary extension. The colour palette embraces whites and neutral hues, punctuating them with bright bursts of colour that help to create interest and unique style. The outdoor terrace is a slate tile that works brilliantly against the original stonework of the home, and helps to create an area that is perfect for easy, low-maintenance family living.

The kitchen

Walking inside, the kitchen truly takes centre stage. Replete with all the necessary 21st century modern conveniences, this space oozes liveability without sacrificing style. The multi-purpose kitchen island houses glass shelving to display tableware, while the lighting is soft and subtle, helping to create a warm and welcoming ambience.

A fresh and cosy living room

The newly renovated living room is a brilliant blend of style and comfort. Luxurious in its feel and tone, the fireplace is the statement feature of the space, evoking warmth, and ensuring the home is cosy and comfortable. Again, a neutral colour scheme has been implemented, with minimal adornments or architectural features. This is deliberate, and helps to retain a contemporary aesthetic, while ensuring the home is in-keeping wth its rich heritage style.

A stylish wash space

The bathroom has been totally overhauled from its previous state, and now includes a two-in-one shower and bath, heated towel rail, and black and white fixtures. The original timber floorboards have been retained, and again infuse a sense of warmth into the space. Subway tiling for the shower adds a funky vintage aesthetic, and works wonderfully bringing the old and the new together.

Functional wardrobes

In the bedroom, new robes have been installed. They are minimal, practical, and again add to the style and atmosphere of the newly updated home. The modern design of the space is perfect for sophisticated modern living, and works brilliantly to impart a sense of uniqueness into the dwelling. 

Did you like that renovation and refurbishment? If so, take a moment to check out our other ideabook: The Loch Ness Monster

Where is your favourite British countryside location? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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