There is a romance to owning a period property - the feeling of living in a home with character, whilst adding a personal touch to the design. The previous owners of this Georgian townhouse in East London had done away with its lovely period features, opting for 90s inspired décor which resulted in no original flooring or fireplace. When buying the property, Aneliese, the current owner, had ambitious plans to renovate it, but a demanding career put her dream on hold.
Having lived in this property for years, she felt it was time to restore her home to its former glory and as she says in Metro Online, The Elmbridge Lifestyle Magazine, and Living etc, she decided to not only convert her attic and extend her kitchen, but to also transform the décor.
For the new loft, Aneliese pictured an expansive master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and for the kitchen, she created a bright open plan space, where she loves to entertain.
‘Renovations were always on the cards, it was just a matter of when. When I purchased the house, it needed a lot of work done to it and this was one of the things that appealed to me about it- I wanted a project that I could gut and rebuild and really put my mark on, all the while increasing its value.’
Presenting the ultimate restoration project for Landmark Lofts, Aneliese was excited to breathe new life into a period townhouse.
We were committed to creating Aneliese’s dream home, and her love of entertaining influenced the design. The objectives were not only to create more space and light, but to also make the house look authentic, with immaculate attention to detail. The new development had to be sympathetic to the original building.
So, by using key Georgian accents like strategically appointed fireplaces and marble surrounds, she wanted to combine the traditional with the modern essentials. Aneliese opted for dark reclaimed floor boards and skirting boards and these would form the heart of the overall design.
Impressed by Landmark Lofts' service, Aneliese says:
‘They have a great track record in working with older properties, and coordinating specialist contractors for things like sound systems, wiring and cabling, renovating fireplaces, and in general being able to recommend and coordinate the best people for jobs.’
Aneliese is delighted, not only with the new areas added to her property, but also with the wonderful interior design which complements the building.
The mansard conversion created a master bedroom with a dressing area and an en-suite bathroom. An extraordinary space that radiates elegance, fire glass separates the bedroom and the hallway in the loft. There is ample wardrobe space in the bedroom and the bed, which is a replica of an antique Venetian design adds a luxurious touch. A frosted glass pocket door slides open to reveal a pristine bathroom, beautifully finished in travertine tiles.
The kitchen is the only room that’s truly contemporary and the bespoke design works well as an entertaining space.
Another striking feature of this area are the floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors that open up into a split-level, decked area - a tailored solution for a low maintenance garden. The flooring in the dining area is the same as in the decked area, which creates a consistent and fluid visual.
The kitchen features a higher than normal breakfast bar, as a more sociable setting was requested. Flawlessly finished, the kitchen is also practical, as everything is designed to be within reach. The pale blue worktops create a modern feel and there’s ample storage space due to built-in cupboards.
A stand out feature of the kicthen is the glass flooring above the kitchen, through which you can see a statement mirror and a wonderful fireplace located at the back of the drawing room. Placed in three sections, this is special reinforced glass which serves to flood this area with natural light. Aneliese reinstated the fireplaces in the drawing room to match the era of the house and the special marble number was sourced from an architectural salvage specialist.
The moment you walk into this home, the design in the hallway is truly breathtaking. Here, Farrow and Ball’s classic dove grey paint on the walls evokes a Georgian effect. An attractive feature is the polished plaster on the left side of the stair case that runs along the curved wall stretching from the basement to the top of the house.
The fireplaces are original Robert Adams from the 1800s and came from an old property in Dublin, which was being turned into a boutique hotel. By replacing the existing downlights with eye- catching chandeliers, this home has a much more opulent feel throughout.
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.