Meet The Homebuilders Making it big in London
Meet The Homebuilders Making it big in London!
Builders and designers Putri and Ben needed more space after the birth of their daughter and were looking for a four-bedroom house in Wimbledon, South London. Shortly after their search began they realised that their budget wasn’t enough to accommodate their requirements, so they decided to make use of their previous experience and purchased a more modest two up, two down property with plans to transform it. The Victorian terraced cottage had a dated décor, with a dark, impractical layout. But by adding a clever extension and focusing on maximising the space, they managed to create a modern family home split over three floors.
Reverse-living in Balham
A loft extension in this double-fronted Victorian flat provided a great opportunity to make the most of the lateral space of the building. By flipping the living to the loft, the owners created a contemporary open-plan living space with endless light thanks to the large skylights, bi-folding windows and doors. The white-wash oak parquet flooring compliments the grey shades beautifully, while marble touches throughout the house give it a touch of luxe. The house layout is considered ‘reverse-living’, an up and coming concept which fits in with the ‘improve not move’ trend in the capital.
Making it big in London
When a two-bed flat in London failed to meet the needs of David (architect) and Ellie’s (teacher) growing family, they were keen to find their ideal home in their neighbourhood of West Norwood, rather than moving further afield. After researching their options carefully, they bought a 1930s run down semi-detached property which they could afford and which had the potential to become a four-bedroom house fit for modern living. Between 2014-2017 they underwent a complete internal remodelling, adding a loft and two-storey extension in two separate stages, all while living on site with their two children, Thomas (six years old) and Penelope (five years old). With the help of a creative scheme they were able to afford a large dwelling which would otherwise have been outside of their budget, which now has a value of £900,000.