Despite having lived in the Stepney Green two-storey Victorian terrace house for two years, after just four months renovating and extending, Stuart Archer and Amelia Humber feel like they own completely different home.
The couple bought the property in 2014 – it had been untouched since the 1970s – and lived in the house before undertaking any work in order to know exactly what they wanted from the space.
“There was Artex everywhere, flock wallpaper, old electrics and mould on the walls. Students had been living in it for the past 10 years, and due to its state of repair we managed to get it a bit cheaper,” said the couple.
- Homeowners: Stuart and Amelia Humber
- Project: Renovation and extension
- Location: Stepney, London
- Size: 95m²+
- Build time: Four months
- House cost: £600,000
- Build cost: £115,000
- Value: £800,000+
Now a light-filled contemporary home, the key ideas for the design were to open up the main living spaces, bring in more light and create more space at the back of the building to connect with the garden.
The couple chose a natural palette of materials with lots of matt surfaces — unfinished timber floors, natural unpolished Carrara marble tops and American black walnut picture frames finish the downstairs spaces.
“We didn’t want a totally open plan space, so by purposefully retaining certain walls and punching holes (‘picture frames’) into the walls this allows for the kitchen, lounge and dining areas to be connected without merging into one another,” explains Stuart.
Traditional materials such as the oak encasement sink and carrara marble vanity contrasts with the contemporary matt black taps and concrete encaustic floor tiles — from Solus Ceramics.