A Victorian terrace inwest London. The ground floor has aliving room, diningroom and kitchen. The basement has a laundry area, playroom, wine store, cloakroom and a guest suite. On the first floor there’s a family room, guest bedroom, shower room and study with a roof terrace. The main en-suite bedroom, plus kids' en-suite bedroom are on the next floor. The loft includes more kids’ bedrooms anda bathroom.


An in-depth approach was taken when it came to the reworking of this family home in west London, so the owners calledupon the expertise of Jennifer Hamilton of interior design and architecture practice The Vawdrey House.

The first leg of the renovation was to create a new basement level with a playroom for the kids and a wine cellar for the grown ups.Seamless cupboards run under the stairs (pictured top) and are built into the walls, while a glass balustrade onone side of the stairs and light walls and floor keep the mood bright and airy.


The Vawdrey House produced several layouts for the new basement, but the chosen favourite included a standalone utility and laundry area incorporating a wall of storage units, which leads into a light-filled playroom, which also links back to the garden via steps.

The Obamaprint in the basement playroom was bought to celebratehis election.


A useful and beautiful utility space adjoins this envy-inducing laundry area in the basement, yet still feels light.


In the dining room, abstract shapes add dynamismto the classically cool dining table.

A clear sightline leads from the living and dining rooms through to the kitchen extension and into the garden beyond.

The dining room is separated from the hallway via a traditional sliding door, offering a glimpse at the classical style staircase.


An enveloping paint shade that’s not light, but also not too dark was used for the living room.

A contemporary photo collage adds interest above the fireplace.


In this sleek kitchen, crisp white Corian contrasts with the deep matt texture of a black polished plaster splashback and alimed oak joinery box.

This house is designed with hits of black that reappear as you travel through it, from the textural kitchen splashback to black metal glazing and the statement headboard in the main bedroom.


This is one of two clear sightlines from the front of the house through to the garden, giving the layout a cohesive feel.


This generous space works graphic black and white on one side, with softer feel lighting and artwork on the other.

(Image credit: Chris Tubbs)

Elements more usually seen in a living space (spot the artwork and hanging pendants) make this a supremely relaxed bathing space.


A matt black headboard unit works as a functional focal point.

The headboard also hides a practical shelf for a changing array of art.


Ample built-in storage also incorporates a wallpaper with character, which can easily be adapted as children grow up.


The back of the house is clad in sweet chestnut and a roof terrace is accessed from the first-floor study.

In the garden, two distinct pathways link up with the two key sightlines of the house. The first follows the line of the hallway, into the kitchen and continues through the black metal Crittall glazing. The second runs parallel, through the dining room to awindow in the kitchen and beyond. The garden is linked to the perspective of the house itself, but in a very subtle way.

And, just as contemporary additions work within the old Victorian frame of the building, the garden design also melds old and new. Weathered clay pavers were used that recall historic gardens, alongside more rigid, formal structures. Then, of course, to loosen things up a bit, there is always the swaying, fluidity of nature.

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Photography ⁄ Chris Tubbs