A Victorian House with Stylish Contemporary Interiors

Architect Chris Nicholson has completely transformed a Victorian maisonette home using contemporary materials and open plan spaces. The modern home is located on the first and second floor of a historic house but when you are indoors you see nothing of the history of the property.

The two bedroom home has a floor area of 1026 square feet divided over two floors. Chris Nicholson also added a secluded terrace on the top floor adding a little outdoor space.

The majority of the first floor is occupied by an open plan living room, dining area, and kitchen. The room offers great volume with a high pitched roof which makes the room feel so much larger.


The room is designed in a wonderful blend of cold and warm materials. On the floor lies a soundproof micro cement floor which is combined with smoked oak wall cabinets.


There are windows on both sides of the room as well as two skylights in the Dinesen-clad, double-height space that rises high above.


The industrial Crittall steel doors enhance that feeling of space plus it helps distribute light to the hallway.


The kitchen has a large island with a breakfast bar. The cabinets are made of the same smoked oak as the other cabinets in this room.


Behind the dining table is a Dinesin Douglas fir cabinet that frames a log-burning stove below.


The walls in the hallway are clad in a combination of smoked oak panelling and lighter oak slats. There is also an open cabinet that provides storage in the narrow space.


The first floor is also home to a spacious bedroom with textured green plaster walls.


The bathroom on the first floor is designed with an industrial look with an exposed brick wall and a custom made stone sink.


The second floor was added by the current owners which now houses the master bedroom. The extension is clad in hard-wearing Iroko hardwood that has been charred using the Shou Sugi Ban method.


The full-width picture window has a window seat that offers views across rooftops beyond. Under the seating is storage space.


The simple ensuite bathroom has a walk in shower and a large skylight to led in natural light.


The outdoor terrace is bordered by planters filled with herbs, including lavender and rosemary. There is built-in bench seating with storage neatly concealed below, plus further storage tucked in the corner.


This modern home in London is currently for sale at The Modern House