Living in Brixton

Refurbishment of a Regency House

Completed September 2008

Brixton, London

Type: Refurbishment and Interior Design
Client: Private
Contract Value:£75,000
Status:Completed September 2008

1850 is a commission completed in 2009 of a Regency home in Brixton, London. The house had undergone many renovations and quick-fix jobs throughout its lifetime. The client –a young professional family- wanted to restore the original features without designing a pastiche replica of what the house once was. A large portion of the schedule of works had to do with demolition and stripping out the existing house to reveal what was underneath. Decorating was an important aspect of the job to highlight the homes’ features and sense of scale adequately.

A Small Studio designed an open-plan layout that provides flexible accommodation for the family. Midweek, this social space acts as the hub for family life allowing ample movement between the kitchen, sitting and dining area where the children will play and do their homework. During the weekends, dining takes centre stage as the G-Plan table expands to allow seating for 12 adults. This ground floor is versatile enough for furniture to be organized accordingly while maintaining a dignified aesthetic.

The top floor of the house contains the bedrooms that are simple but were brightened with the addition of double-glazed sash dormer windows. Meanwhile, most family activity has been designed around the mid-level floor, where the bathroom was enlarged to include a hidden shower and a large roll-top bath. The main room was converted into a flexible, durable, water-resistant and chalk-proof children’s play space by day and home theatre by night. Joining the bathroom and the playroom is a hallway that was converted into a cosy family library. The space was ideal for a library because it was dark enough to protect books from exposure to natural daylight, and large enough to -almost- take on the function of a separate room, as was the custom in Regent London.

All photographs by Manuel Vazquez
Press coverage by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/oct/21/family-home-brixton
Press coverage by Design Milk: http://design-milk.com/house-in-brixton-in-the-uk-by-a-small-studio/
Press Coverage by Homes and Gardens: May 2011 (http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/tile-ideas/victorian-ceramic-tiles)