This inner-city eco house is designed high on style and big on family life.
A Georgian house with a contemporary interior. The ground floor has a reception room, kitchen-diner area, living area, plus a guest bedroom/playroom and shower room with WC. On the first floor is an office and the bathroom, while the master bedroom and nursery are on the top floor.
Architect John Eger of Eger Architects what brought on to manage this home’s renovation – he also masterminded the first stage of this house’s conversion prior to it being bought.
He redesigned the staircase (pictured top) in oak, replacing what had been an area for a lift with a glazed light well, hung with new lighting.
Right from its deceptively formal Georgian façade, this is a house with hidden depths and cool, contemporary design. The ground floor consists of sociable but separable living spaces, with light flowing through rooflights and a circular stairwell. Calm, considered and completed, textures are natural and there’s an air of serenity.
This slim, eco-conscious townhouse in south London had already been partially converted, and it already came with solid eco credentials – underfloor heating is fed by an air-source heat pump and a rainwater tank supplies the dishwasher, washing machine and WCs. That low-waste ethos was then taken a step further; before the home owners moved in, they decided in advance where each and every book, ornament or artwork would live. Nothing is superfluous and it’s the absence of clutter that keeps a sense of peace.
Kitchen cabinets conceal fold-out larder storage and the appliances.
This home is designed with a flow of sociable spaces downstairs. To keep things uncluttered, the TV is recessed within a wall of built-in storage. A curtain divides the seating area from the kitchen-diner for a more intimate space.
The visual flow continues into the garden. It functions as an extra room.
This dreamy nursery is at the top of the house, part of a new extension. Toys are stored in woven baskets that hang on wall hooks.
Three shades of the same colour were used in the bedrooms, gradating from the lightest, French Grey Pale, on the ground floor to French Grey mid and then French Grey for this top-floor sleep zone.
This room is effectively another space for relaxing in. Plants keep the mood feeling natural.
See more of this designer’s style at harrietpaterson.com. View this home as part of Open House London, 22-23 Sept: openhouselondon.org.uk. Eger Architects, egerarchitects.com.
Photography / Paul Massey