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
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
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
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
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
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
A wide staircase sweeps up to the top floor, the domain of daughters Alice and Ellie
- AW Rushden Building Services Ltd 07770667331 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chamber Furniture www.chamberfurniture.co.uk Halstead
- Crate and Barrel www.crateandbarrel.com
- words: John Graham-Hart
- pictures: David Merewether
- styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen Barton
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