When our client Emma Milne was approached to reconfigure and renovate a four storey Victorian town house on the outskirts of Hove, she knew the less-is-more approach would work well here. The house itself had ‘great bones’, but the lay-out needed updating to echo modern life.
Emma devised a pared back scheme to let the original architectural features be the star of the show. A mixture of different natural materials were used throughout the house. Smoked textured oak, Belgian blue fossil stone and Carrara marble set off against floor to ceiling panelling and soft linen curtains, make the space flow seamlessly from one room to the next.
In the open plan, basement kitchen and dining area, the heart of the home, the Tatton floor in a herringbone pattern sets a classic elegant stage. This floor continues into the modern larder. Both spaces feature timeless cabinetry from Plain English.
On the ground and first floor, the use of the same Landmark Tatton in a plank format brings harmonious continuity to the home. Here a mixed width and rustic grade timber gives authenticity and character. The same ‘reclaimed look’ treatment given to the herringbone batten in the kitchen is applied to this floor, which gives the impression of mellowed, aged floorboards.
The bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms equally feature this Tatton floor. Although the floor has a reclaimed finish, its engineered construction means that it is fully compatible with underfloor heating. So the demands of modern life are not sacrificed in maintaining character and period style.