This stunning renovated Edwardian home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire has received a modern refresh and is now a contemporary modern home – complete with an open-plan layout, Crittall partition doors and a stylish wine room.
The owners approached Scenario Architecture to design a substantial extension, and remodel the interior while respecting and celebrating the period character of the original house.
The house now stretches over 5,382 square feet (500m2) of interior space. The build took 18 months.
The original front door with stained glass panels opens into a light and open hallway space.
The central staircase follows the direction of the dining table, leading your gaze across the ground floor.
From the main entrance, the layout flows through Edwardian reception rooms into the newly added modern kitchen and dining areas, defined by a subtle change in level.
Herringbone parquet sweeps across the ground floor into the living spaces (both framed by Crittall partition walls), but flooring changes to a poured concrete floor in the kitchen and dining area.
Kitchen and dining area
This grand Edwardian home is surrounded by an extensive, wraparound garden.
The large house was further extended with a contemporary rear extension which creates a better connection with the garden through wide, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
Behind smoked glass is a stylish, walk-in wine room, making a striking display out of the owners' wine collection.
A generous sky light not only lets in lots of light but also highlights where the original structure ended and the new extension starts. It makes for a very light and bright modern kitchen.
The interior colour palette was inspired by the local clay found in the roof tiles and the bricks, concrete base and reclaimed oak floors and accents of raw metal. Natural materials marry the Edwardian grandeur with the contemporary brick, ceramic tiles and metal.
The open-plan kitchen flows through to a dining space that seats 10.
Crittall doors frame a light and bright reading room just behind the dining area.
A Crittall partition separates the dining space from a cosy reading area with a built-in window seat.
In this modern extension, large glazed openings and deep, integrated window seats result in an unmediated immersive connection to the garden.
The dark walls make this a cosy, den-like space.
Across the entrance hall, directly opposite the dark living room is a handy laundry room / boot room. So on entering the home, you directly walk to the room on your left to remove coats, bags, shoes etc, and tidy away outdoor wear, keeping clutter out of the kitchen and living spaces.
The modern staircase curls up to the first floor landing where there's a fireplace and window seats with views out the front of the house.
An identical staircase leads up to the top floor bedrooms.
The bottom of the stairs is smooth, white and twisted like a piece of sculpture, while the banister stretches up to merge with the upper banister, creating a taller barrier for safety while also letting in plenty of light.
Upstairs there's a cosy, more relaxed family room for watching TV.
Lounge seating makes the most of the bay window area opposite the bed.
The kids' rooms both feature a blue colour palette and playful mezzanine levels. These spaces could double as a built-in bunk bed for sleepovers, and the mezzanine level creates extra floor space for toy storage, playing and doing homework.
Following the blue theme, there's a blue metro tiled bathroom – a light space thanks to the skylight that slopes down and connects to the window, offering a long sight line into the garden.
The side extension is more visible in the playroom, where the original exterior brick wall is still intact, and a long sky light offers views up to the roof, as well as down into the ground floor spaces.
The sloped skylight of this space continues down into the kitchen below, acting as the sloped skylight above the kitchen island – it's an impressive detail.
To keep the home gym a light, bright space, there are sky lights on both sloping ceilings, and the end wall is mirrored, bouncing light back into the room.
Sliding doors open onto a small balcony area, perfect for getting fresh air after exercise.
Architecture: Scenario Architecture
Interior Designer: Cherie Lee Interiors
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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