The benefits of buying a new build are obvious: the peace of mind that no one has lived in it, everything is brand new and guaranteed to work--and if you’ve designed it from head to toe, you’ll also have that personal satisfaction! The downside is the fact that it won’t soon have a old-timey charm that makes a house immediately feel like a home.

Striking balance between old a new is simple: tear down the inside an older home and revitalize it to make it feel new without robbing it of its rustic feel. A perfect example is the completely-renovated four-story villa in London, England near Victoria Park Village and Well Street Common.

The result of the renovation is 2,378 square feet of gorgeous living space, mostly bathed in natural sunlight thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. The heart of the home sits in the basement (although you wouldn't know it!) and features a long counter top which holds a sink, stove and cabinetry painted a brilliant shade of navy blue.

Adjacent to the kitchen on a raised platform is a West-facing sitting room with bespoke furniture facing an exposed brick wall. The exposed wooden beams on the ceiling add a sense of continuity from the kitchen to the living room without completely combining the two spaces.

Up a flight of stairs and guests will be greeted with more natural light thanks to the row skylights.  A neat tidbit of history: the beautiful parquet floor has been reclaimed from Hove Fire Station in the 1970’s. This is exactly why we love renovated homes so much!

The rear of this floor boasts a guest room with its own en-suite bathroom with a large shower and even a tub, all separated by a sliding door that can be tucked inside the wall.

This room even has its own private study so guests who must catch up on their work or school can study in peace.

The rest of the rooms are equally as effortless in decor and furnishings.

But we’re particularly enamored with this beautiful shower, which uses the ceiling’s angle to its advantage by allowing as much sunlight into the bathroom as possible.
The team of architects at Liddicoat & Goldhill certainly know what they’re doing!

[ Source: TheModernHouse ]