After years of rural living, seasoned property renovators Catherine and Rupert decided to move their growing family to a spacious Victorian townhouse in the heart of Sevenoaks. After extensive modernisation, in a very short timeframe, they have succeeded in creating the ideal space to accommodate the needs of their family including the bespoke kitchen Catherine has always dreamed of.

Beneath a sparkling chandelier, the impressive entrance hall features a floor tiled in Fired Earth ‘Patisserie’ tiles

Beneath a sparkling chandelier, the impressive entrance hall features a floor tiled in Fired Earth ‘Patisserie’ tiles

The kitchen was designed and built by Chamber Furniture in Halstead. “It’s the first time I’ve had a bespoke kitchen in any of the properties we’ve had,” says Catherine. “We’ve found that the best system when we’re doing up a house while living in it is to tackle the kitchen last and we’ve always seemed to have exhausted the budget by then.”

The kitchen was designed and built by Chamber Furniture in Halstead. “It’s the first time I’ve had a bespoke kitchen in any of the properties we’ve had,” says Catherine. “We’ve found that the best system when we’re doing up a house while living in it is to tackle the kitchen last and we’ve always seemed to have exhausted the budget by then.”

The pretty fireplace in the bright and airy kitchen

The pretty fireplace in the bright and airy kitchen

What will eventually become a formal dining room is currently the ultimate gaming room gathered around a pool table that flips over for air hockey in the centre

What will eventually become a formal dining room is currently the ultimate gaming room gathered around a pool table that flips over for air hockey in the centre

The fireplace in the games room

The fireplace in the games room

Catherine and Rupert found that, as the layout of the rooms was very much as it had been when originally built, it meant that virtually all of the original features – including some lovely fireplaces and superb cornicing – were intact

Catherine and Rupert found that, as the layout of the rooms was very much as it had been when originally built, it meant that virtually all of the original features – including some lovely fireplaces and superb cornicing – were intact

“We had first thought of making the whole top floor our domain,” says Catherine, “but whatever way we looked at it we just couldn’t make it work.” The answer has been to remodel a bathroom and the next door former bedroom to create a master suite with both dressing room and bathroom

“We had first thought of making the whole top floor our domain,” says Catherine, “but whatever way we looked at it we just couldn’t make it work.” The answer has been to remodel a bathroom and the next door former bedroom to create a master suite with both dressing room and bathroom

On the two upper floors, there were originally eight bedrooms but Catherine and Rupert’s remodelling has brought it down to six bedrooms and four bathrooms. “It’s a much more workable balance for a family,” says Catherine

On the two upper floors, there were originally eight bedrooms but Catherine and Rupert’s remodelling has brought it down to six bedrooms and four bathrooms. “It’s a much more workable balance for a family,” says Catherine

Adhering to a colour palette of cool greys in the family bathroom, Catherine has chosen rubber flooring and striking pearlised mosaic tiles

Adhering to a colour palette of cool greys in the family bathroom, Catherine has chosen rubber flooring and striking pearlised mosaic tiles

Son James’ very blue room features a giant map of the world papered onto one wall

Son James’ very blue room features a giant map of the world papered onto one wall

Daughter Emma’s room used to be the original master bedroom and is now a spacious retreat decorated in hues of purple

Daughter Emma’s room used to be the original master bedroom and is now a spacious retreat decorated in hues of purple

A wide staircase sweeps up to the top floor, the domain of daughters Alice and Ellie

A wide staircase sweeps up to the top floor, the domain of daughters Alice and Ellie

  • words:
  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen Barton

17th Century Sandstone Farmhouse

Stella Hayes initially fell in love with the property's glorious garden. She has gone on to create a beautiful home.

60s Themed Seaside Holiday Home

I’m sure we’ve all thought about buying a house by the sea – perhaps after an idyllic holiday, or a bracing walk, even just a drive along the coast. On the morning we visit James Rourke’s house, as the sullen...

A Butterfly Unfurled

When Sally Harrington opens the huge front door of her Kentish weatherboard home I assume that the 1950s bungalow that once stood here was demolished to make way for the new house. “No,” she says, “it’s still in here somewhere,...