Step inside this late-Victorian terrace in north London that's lofty and grand

This late-Victorian terrace in north London has more than a little New York loft style and is full of surprises – including a large fig tree growing through the middle of it…

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

THE PROPERTY

A four-storey late-Victorian terrace in north London. The modern home comprises a large living, kitchen, dining and study area on the ground floor. On the mezzanine above is a study area, leading to the first floor with two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. There are another two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. Downstairs in the basement is a wine cellar that holds over 500 wines, a home cinema and WC.

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HALLWAY

From the outside, the house resembles a fairly routine late-Victorian terrace, so the interior comes as an eye-opener.

Visitors walk through the front door into a huge, stripped-back, opened-up, industrial living space of bare brick and wood that contains the kitchen, dining and living room.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

But what really makes the space unusual is the metal staircase, full-length up-and-over windows and enormous fig tree snaking through the middle of the house up to the glass roof. The tree was there before the house and is staying firmly put.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

The stairs have a subtle ombre effect; light grey to match the pale grey flooring at the bottom, getting gradually darker to match the dark grey floor on the mezzanine.

The house is full of thoughtful details like this, and everything is ingeniously configured.There are even two envelopes for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ post in the hall and coat pegs in descending order of height for each family member.

DINING SPACE

Taking centre stage of the house is the dining area, with an open-plan living area on the right.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

KITCHEN

The kitchen is sleek, functional and ultra-modern in design.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

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LIVING ROOM

The full-length up-and-over window opens right up like a garage door to make the house airy on hot days.

Every centimetre of space is utilised; even CDs are out of sight and stored away behind the art in the living room.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

The collection of Tom Dixon pendants make a striking display.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

MEZZANINE LEVEL

This floor connects the living areas to the sleeping spaces and houses a light, open-plan home office (image at the top of this page).

BOYS' ROOM

This boys' room has another huge up-and-over window and possibly the best view in the house with a panorama over north London.

Self-expression is allowed here. The cupboard was chosen because it looks like locker room furniture.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

MASTER BEDROOM

The wardrobes are bespoke. The design (which conceals inset handles) is based on dandelion seeds being blown in the wind. Inside, the wardrobes are meticulously arranged with a space for everything.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

The exposed brick walls are in keeping with the rest of the house and continue the industrial, stripped-back theme.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

BATHROOM

This space is designed to be fun yet practical, with plenty of storage.

late-Victorian terrace in north London

(Image credit: Photography - Paul Massey, Words)

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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