Fitzwilliam Rd, London

Fitzwilliam Road, London

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom flatĀ 

 

With most flats, use of space, namely function, becomes a key factor when building afresh. Fitzwilliam Road was a prime example of this. Situated over two floors, this former unmodernised space was ailing from a dark interior, unsympathetic to its origins. Here we focused on integrated storage with an aim of maintaining uncluttered, open plan living.

 

We took a unapologetic approach to renovating; stripping each room down to the brickwork, removing a dated sun room in the back and opening up internal walls to breath new life into this unloved space. We strived to keep sight of the flats period appeal and spent a great deal of time exposing original trim, reinstating wood burning fireplaces and refinishing flooring where possible. It was a reclaimed version of this same flooring that was used to seamlessly blend the original portion of the building with a new extention. Here, we used floor to ceiling doors and skylights to bring in natural light, connecting the inside with the out.

 

The transformation from a cramped two bed, one bath to a generous three bed, two bath with a large, private garden was a worthwhile undertaking. The end result was a spacious and incredibly social layout with a nod to its previous era. The finish was contemporary and informed by one of the designers time living in a New York loft. Colours were kept to a minimum, but when used, they were always bold. Lime green canvassed the entrance hallway, floors where painted black in an otherwise all white guest bedroom and original, red brickwork framed the modern kitchen. Despite these splashes, the property maintained a warm, unfettered neutrality complimentary to a range of styles.