This stunning renovated Edwardian home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire has received a modern refresh and is now a contemporary modern home (opens in new tab) – complete with an open-plan layout, Crittall partition doors (opens in new tab) and a stylish wine room (opens in new tab).
The owners approached Scenario Architecture (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)), 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 (opens in new tab), making a striking display out of the owners' wine collection.
The modern kitchen (opens in new tab) features a stunning L-shaped modern kitchen island (opens in new tab) with kitchen island pendants (opens in new tab) and fresh, white kitchen (opens in new tab) cabinetry.
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 (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) frame a light and bright reading room just behind the dining area.
A Crittall (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) is a handy laundry room (opens in new tab) / 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.
The master bedroom (opens in new tab) features striking headboard (opens in new tab) design that wraps around the bed. Modern bedroom lighting (opens in new tab) hangs down from the ceiling as bedside pendants.
Lounge seating makes the most of the bay window area opposite the bed.
The kids' rooms (opens in new tab) both feature a blue colour palette and playful mezzanine levels. These spaces could double as a built-in bunk bed (opens in new tab) for sleepovers, and the mezzanine level creates extra floor space for toy storage (opens in new tab), playing and doing homework.
Following the blue theme, there's a blue metro tiled bathroom (opens in new tab) – 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 (opens in new tab) is more visible in the playroom (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) – it's an impressive detail.
To keep the home gym (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)
Interior Designer: Cherie Lee Interiors (opens in new tab)
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.
12 cozy corner ideas for every room in the house that make for the perfect spot to curl up in
With the right ideas, every nook of your home can be turned into a cozy corner to hunker down in
By Aditi Sharma Maheshwari • Published
Is IKEA's simple Scandi aesthetic a thing of the past? Their 2023 collection is bolder and more creative than ever...
IKEA's latest collection embraces playful patterns, modern macrame, and Art-Deco influences. Is this the end of their Scandi cool aesthetic?
By Lilith Hudson • Published