Open plan living is a breeze in this flexible family home

Open plan living may be morphing into broken plan but both are about a flexible home that flows - just like this one

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

THE PROPERTY

A three-storey, five-bedroom Victorian home in south London, which was redesigned as a modern home, with open plan living and respect for its beautiful architectural features at the core of the brief.

The owners, a professional couple with two kids, approached Beth Dadswell of Imperfect Interiors to remodel the layout and dated interior in their new period property. 

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THE ENTRANCE

Beth, together the couple, formulated a 'master plan', to ensure the elegance and proportions of the original architecture were retained, whilst ensuring the flow of the house was maximised.

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

KITCHEN

Having considered and rejected a basement, the ground floor became the main focus of the redesign. 

A small, dated kitchen extension at the rear was knocked down and replaced with a full width broken plan dining and relaxed living space. 

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The kitchen was moved into what was previously the rear living room and now benefits from almost three-metre high ceilings. The original cornicing was copied and reinstated; floor levels were dropped to increase the feeling of height and new engineered oak parquet was laid throughout.

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

DINING AREA

The deVOL kitchen now opens onto a full width dining area complete with a table from Case that extends to seat ten. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

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LIVING AREA

The built in joinery at the other end of the room houses books, objet and conceals a TV. A kids play area is also tucked around the corner, so now the children can play or watch TV whilst the owners cook. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

GARDEN

Oversized Crittal-style steel framed French doors lead out to the garden, where a charming play house has been built for the two children.

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CLOAKROOM

The staircase was turned at the bottom to improve the long view into the garden from the hallway, and a downstairs loo painted in deep blue was tucked into the corridor. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

LIVING ROOM 

A more formal sitting room at the front of the house retains its beautiful original features and now has custom built storage and a calm, elegant palette. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

BATHROOM

New bathrooms were added on the first and second floors. The family bathroom now features a rolltop bath and bespoke vanity painted in a dirty pink, which keeps the look stylish rather than sugary.

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

MASTER BEDROOM

Soothing greys and soft pinks create a calm space. The velvet bed is from Sofa.com, the bedside table is from West Elm and the lamp from Cox & Cox. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

GUEST BEDROOM

The bedroom is decorated in calm tones of grey and green, with touches of velvet, brass and steel for a contemporary feel, and wool carpet underfoot. 

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(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

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