A Historic London Home's Renovation Prioritizes Space and Sunshine

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Historic homes have their charms, but bright, open spaces generally aren't one of them. So when a young family with a toddler found a 19th-century home in West London, they knew they needed to update the layout and bring in more natural light. They called on architect Neil Dusheiko to help bring their vision of a spacious, family-friendly home to life. "The goal was to update a house that hadn't been modernized for quite a long time and improve the energy efficiency," Dusheiko said. The first floor's rear wall was moved back and rebuilt as a curved façade using existing bricks, and cramped rooms were combined into an open plan. Upstairs, the removal of a storage loft provided more square footage for a master bedroom that's complete with a skylight. And to make the family's stomping ground even larger, the basement was expanded to include a playroom, guest room, office, and screening room. The end result is perfect for everything from dinner parties to playdates — just what the family wanted.

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The kitchen and dining area.
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Living Area

The ground floor gained an open floor plan, including a kitchen and dining space that flows seamlessly into the terrace. Eames chairs surround the dining table, which is ready to seat a crowd. The home uses a combination of white oak floors by Parkwood Interiors and concrete flooring by Lazenby.

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The living area.
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Sitting Area

The living area's fireplace is flanked by custom cabinetry, which displays a collection of family photos. Pillows by Flock add a burst of color to the otherwise sparse palette.

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The rear exterior.
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Outdoor Space

"They wanted the living space to be easily connected to the garden space, so we added sliding glass doors," Dusheiko said.

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The basement.
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Glass Floor

The living area's glass floor lets natural light into the basement. The playroom has custom cabinetry and a built-in desk.

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Media room.
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Media Room

"The client works for Universal Pictures, so we had to create a cinema in the house," Dusheiko said. "He probably watches over a thousand films a year." Concealed fabric screens separate the media room from the playroom and block out light during screenings.

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The master bedroom.
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Bedroom

The loft storage space was removed to give the master bedroom a soaring ceiling complete with a skylight. A George Nelson pendant light is suspended above the space.

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The master bath.
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Bathroom

"They wanted a calm atmosphere," Dusheiko said. The bathrooms are lined in Riverstone porcelain tiles by Pentagon Tiles.


Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.

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