The hard work has been done in these stylish properties, currently on the market with The Modern House.
1 cool and calm
Designed by the multi-award-winning practice Dallas, Pierce, Quintero, this beautiful four-bedroom house in Hackney has a sculpted rear garden, a self-contained studio, plus Dinesen wood flooring, handcrafted cabinetry and a blissful sense of calm throughout. No mess, no builders, just move in...
2 centre of town
Soho had a rather different reputation when this Georgian beauty was built. Set over five floors, with four bedrooms, the house was transformed into its current contemporary condition byTimothy Tan and Christina Leung of Make Architects and is now up for grabs for a cool, £4.5 million.
3 my beautiful laundrette
Yes, believe it or not, this property was a former Victorian laundry. Remodelledby Dingle Price, of Pricegore architects, in collaboration with his client, the current owner, a contemporary artist and painter, the large, gallery-like space is now for sale. Bids and brushes at the ready.
4 get outta town
Restored by its current owner, this calm and minimal family space is in Faversham, close to the Kent downs and not far from the coast. If you fancy a move out of town, or a weekend escape, it has two bedrooms, with a cellar and attic that are currently used as a music and playroom. Follow suit and there'll be something to do if it's raining.
5 pure and simple
This Arts and Crafts house embodies an honesty and integrity in materials synonymous with the doctrines of John Ruskin, William Morris and Augustus Pugin.
These natural materials and earthy tones (arabescato marble, Earthborn clay paint and pine boards treated with Swedish floor soap)are elegantly combined with contemporary elements, such as the copper clad extension on the top floor and a modern kitchen (part of an interior refurbishment by architect, Leo Bachmann) for twenty first century living that's rooted in nostalgic nirvana.
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