Right here at Remodelista, we’re fairly omnivorous relating to architectural and inside types. We will admire a dressed-to-the-nines formal residence (like this one) and, in the identical breadth, applaud a country DIY cabin with no operating water (like this one). Typically, although, we occur upon initiatives that make us need to pack up and transfer proper in. Paul West’s duplex, in a compact London Victorian, falls into this particular class.
It helps that the area itself is blessed with good bones. “There was a lot to like,” says Paul about why he selected to purchase it 5 years in the past. “At first look, a lot of area, mature backyard, quiet road, unique character, and the massive, well-proportioned rooms. The entire area felt like an ideal canvas to create a house for dwelling in.”
Paul studied inside structure and used to work for numerous design and structure studios (he’s now a method director at a model expertise company), so he was notably educated about what to maintain (the molding, the generously sized home windows), what to revive (the pocket shutters), what to tweak (oak flooring got a lime wash), what so as to add (new built-in storage), and what to throw out and rebuild (the kitchen). Whereas he stored the footprint largely the identical, there was “appreciable work undertaken on the material of the constructing, the roof, the facade, backyard, kitchen, rest room, carpentry, heating, the storage,” says Paul.
With the basics in place, he was able to fill it—however not an excessive amount of. “We now have fairly eclectic tastes, impressed by a lot of eras and concepts,” he says of his and his accomplice’s design sensibility (she moved in not way back). “Nevertheless, we have a tendency to hunt just a few qualities: integrity, performance, human, lasting, sincere, forgiving. We just like the performance of and ease of modernism, the optimism and creativity of mid-century, and the honesty and timelessness of studio crafts. Nevertheless, all of it needs to be helpful or lovely, as William Morris as soon as stated!”
Come take a tour of the sanctuary they’ve created. (And guess what? It’s on the market! Go to The Trendy Home for the itemizing info and observe Paul’s Instagram account @consideredthings for extra images.)
Images courtesy of The Trendy Home.