This East London home has been transformed with a biophilic renovation and living walls

A rear garden with a timber clad extension featuring a large window
(Image credit: Adam Scott for Emil Eve Architects)

When Sarah Coleman and Graham Redman purchased a Victorian terrace house in 2012, their thoughts quickly turned to renovation. 

The tired and neglected property sat in a quiet corner of East London and suffered from years of rental market neglect. Initial efforts to revive the house included a fresh coat of paint in every room and stripping outdated carpets to reveal the original wooden floors below. But the realities of raising young children soon took over and the renovation was put on hold. 

Headshot of Emma Perkin Co-Founder of  Emil Eve Architects
Emma Perkin

Emma co-founded Emil Eve Architects in 2009 alongside her partner, Ross Perkin. She qualified as an ARB qualified Architect in 2012 and has overseen an extensive range of projects from inception to completion. Prior to founding Emil Eve, Emma worked for studios in London and Paris including leading the Interior Design Team on the multi-award winning National Museum of Estonia with DGT Architects and the refurbishment of Barrington Court, a Grade II Listed National Trust property with Levitate Architects.

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.