Before & After: Crumbling Victorian coach house in Brixton is now a contemporary family home
What was once a crumbling century-old coach house in Brixton, south London, has been completely transformed into a contemporary, craft-led home.
This original Victorian coach house, which is thought to date back to 1895, was in a truly dilapidated state before this restoration began. Now, new life has been breathed into Bristow Mews, the transformation of a brownfield site. The interior of this four-bedroom property looks and feels incredibly modern, with the original building and exterior continuing to complement the surrounding area where it has stood for all these years.
Much of the building was crumbling and peeling; all that was retained were the two facades, to the front and side, with everything else being completely rebuilt. It was essential for this restoration project by Kinland, designed in collaboration with MW Architects, that the newly transformed coach house would look contemporary, with a warm and cosy feel to it.
This converted coach house perfectly blends the best of old and new, defined by a soft, muted colour palette, limewash walls, concrete floors, bathrooms with cork floors, and reinstated stable doors to preserve the property's period charm and maximise the natural light downstairs.
The aforementioned details leave a lot to admire about this design-led family home, even more so because, where possible, everything has been handcrafted, from the statement timber staircase with striking vertical wooden slats to the wardrobes and headboards.
‘One of Kinlands' motivating principles is to find the most sustainable ways of creating new homes and Bristow Mews is a great example of restoration and how this approach shaped the rest of the scheme,’ says Alex Macaulay, Managing Director at Kinland. 'We're extremely proud as to how the development is sympathetic to and complementary of the local landscape with both traditional and contemporary designs working alongside each other.'
The use of natural tactile materials and earthy hues ties the home together – and we can't get enough of the teal green kitchen, which connects the living and dining spaces. A soft, plaster pink (Serene by natural limewash paint company Bauwerk) contrasts perfectly with the green tiles from Mandarin Stone. Meanwhile the worktops are all in a micro-cement finish matched to the colour of the wall units (Pleat by Little Greene), with plenty of space to prepare and enjoy food and drinks with family and friends.
The living spaces and hallway have a cohesive neutral look, painted in Bauwerk's Nougat, with the ceilings, skirting boards and doors finished in Claybrook Studio's soft pink Kate Blush. The study space with a bay window at the rear of the property could easily double up as a snug. And we're especially fond of the limewash paint being used on the walls throughout the entirety of the open-plan ground floor.
But what truly makes this area stand out is the handcrafted timber staircase that takes centre stage. The carpentry detailing is one to admire, with bannisters made from timber and a handrail made from oak. The treads and staircase is finished in an oak veneer.
Adding more of a utilitarian look to the space are the polished concrete floors, which come with underfloor heating – ideal during the colder months.
The overall aesthetic of the property carries into each of the bathrooms as well, with a mixture of white, dark blue and deep green tiles. Contemporary black matt fittings extend to taps and shower heads, vanity units have been handmade with oak finishes, while concrete basins and playful cork flooring adds style, texture, and a sustainable edge.
The bedrooms evoke the feeling and look of a boutique hotel with both the walls and ceiling in the master bedroom painted in Morris Blue, a bold teal, by Craig & Rose. Elsewhere, the sleek slitted headboard in an oak veneer, is a design-worthy statement, complemented by bespoke oak wardrobes for continuity with the rest of the house.
Located on Palace Road in Brixton, the property has the likes of Dulwich and Dulwich Village, Herne Hill and Clapham on its doorstep, with Brixton Village and its famous bars and restaurants only a 15-minute bus ride away. You'll also find The Department Store Studios, which houses collaborative workspaces, a Post Office, record shop and the Canova Hall restaurant and bar nearby.
The property is currently on the market for £1.3 million via Kinland or contact The Modern House on 02037955920.
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