Wandsworth Road, SW8
London - Private Client
This old Victorian terraced cottage built in 1800 to 1810 with a shop front added in the later Victorian era, is sat near Clapham Common on Wandsworth Road, currently completely dilapidated and boarded up. This area has recently been made into a conservation area by Lambeth council, which caused some challenges for us. With a sensitive design we got permission to turn the house back into a residence, on the condition that we maintained the shop front and brought it back to the Victorian era. The brief is to make this cozy cottage into a comfortable and modern family home, with open plan living on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the floors above. The shop front will get a full renovation, with wood panelling in a stained oak and a chalky black coat of paint. You then step through a time warp to stained oak wood flooring with a white oil coating, warm off whites and black detailing for the windows and doors. The most important aspect to this house was to create a feeling of space and lightness for what was a very dark little Victorian cottage.