Situated along a tree lined cul de sac in Richmond, with walled gardens and tall chimneys, this period terraced house has been upgraded by the current owners, Fiona and Ben Edwards, to a beautiful standard yet in keeping with its period and boasts a wealth of character. Read on and follow the step by step journey of their kitchen renovation.
Condition of project before starting
We bought our Victorian terrace house in Richmond, Surrey 6 years ago. Instantly struck by its potential, it was a diamond in the rough. It had been bought ‘off plan’ in the 1850’s (land was originally an orchard) and had been owned by only one family. The current owner having lived there for 99 years and 44 weeks! Unfortunately, most of the original features had been removed in the 1960s.
The ground floor area that was to become our new open plan kitchen/diner, was made up of the following spaces:
- ‘Boiler room’ – affectionately known as this, as its main purpose was to house the massive boiler!
- Glass ‘lean to’
- Outside toilet
- External side return
We employed an architect and planned to extend into the side return and glaze above it. This was a key part of the transformation, providing a sight line from the front door to the garden. Together with the full width bi-fold doors, this would provide an immense sense of space and light.
The building works
- The inside is stripped out. Our first unforeseen issue – a cracked sewer pipe in the dining room! The human waste had to be dug out by hand!!!
- Windows removed and walls taken back to brick
- The internal walls are removed… its amazing how much bigger the space looked at this point
- Footings are dug for the side return and the concrete floor laid
- The steels are installed, the old external wall removed, new external wall built and plumbing done – the house looks like its floating …amazing what those steels can do!
- Utility room is created, first electrical fix, plaster board put on walls and ceilings and side return glass panels installed … now it’s really taking shape!
Walls and ceilings are plastered. painted first coat and bi-fold doors installed
- The base cupboards are fitted first, followed by the wall cabinets.
- The process of undercoating and varnishing (inside of cupboards) begins.
- The worktop is installed… the back-splash behind the range cooker is in the same.
- The topcoat goes on ….. both the exciting and nerve wracking part!!
- The range cooker is installed.
- The faux chimney is created.
- The Porcelanosa floor tiles are laid – we chose these as we wanted to recreate a more rustic look, but with the benefit of a modern finish, which was easy to keep clean and practical for our dog. We also used Porcelanosa tiles in all 3 bathrooms and the wooden flooring in our hall, dining and living rooms. We love these quality products, as they give such a luxurious finish.
- The appliances are installed (fridge/freezer and wine fridge)
- The next step was to personalise the space over time. We added furniture (sofa and table), lamp, decorative items and art work (Hannah Ludnow and David Baumforth). Plants (lots of them) helped to soften the space, add a sense of wellbeing and connect the kitchen to the garden.
We are thrilled with the finished result. We’ve maintained the period character, whilst benefiting from a light filled, modern shaker open plan kitchen, with wow factor.