When an interior stylist and a financier approached the creative team at Mustard Architects about transforming a Victorian terrace house into a modern home, they were aware that it was a tall order. Set in southeast London, the property was dark, cramped, and disconnected — the clear opposite of the open-air aesthetic the pair had hoped to achieve. Instead, they wanted an address that better reflected "their favorite industrial spaces, their time spent living in New York, and their passion for cooking," said lead architect John Norman. "The existing house was treated like a material that needed to be adjusted and remodeled," he continued, which they set about doing by knocking down walls, changing floor levels, and adjusting ceiling heights. But the firm and their clients didn't want to completely neglect the site's roots, either. So, as a reflection of their compromise to blend old with new, the couple can now whip up recipes in a bright, industrial kitchen that shows off an original brick wall.