Property of the week: Architect Jo Cowen's renovated Victorian family house in Fulham is on the market for £2.5m

Melissa York
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The modern kitchen extension leading on to the rear garden

Beltran Road, Fulham, £2.5m

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In her time as an architect at Roger Stirk Harbour & Partners and Foster & Partners, Jo-anne Cowen was involved in designing some of London’s most iconic buildings; the British Museum extension, Sea Containers House, the Leadenhall Building and the JP Morgan tower at Canary Wharf.

And when it came to renovating her own house, she was no less ambitious. Since buying her home on Beltran Road, Fulham, in 2012, she’s more than doubled its size and added exponentially to its value.

“It’s really been a lovely project to work on,” Cowen says. “We did a bit of a makeover when we arrived, then waited for two years to save the money to do it up completely.” All the work was done in-house at her own practice, Jo Cowen Architects, which specialises in providing a complete architectural and interiors service.

She set it up five years ago when she had her first child, but now she’s got a full house. Her second child, husband, sister and nanny all live with her in what used to be a three bedroom, 1,050sqft home before Cowen got to work on it.

A year later, it’s a five bedroom, four bathroom, four-storey house, comprising around 2,600sqft of space. Extensions have been added to the rear, the side and the second floor side and a 900sqft basement dug out. A bedroom suite, study and temperature-controlled wine cellar reside on this level, complete with glass and crittall dividers to let natural light in.

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“We focused on making it feel like proper living space, so we had 2.9m high ceilings and the main staircase going down into it. When you work from home, as I often do, you also don’t want to be working in a box.”

Other modern additions include a child-friendly, storage-packed kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening out onto the back garden. “For young children like mine, you need to have that connectedness.”

Despite the modern improvements, the fabric of the Victorian building has been preserved, from the original cornicing to the feature fireplace in the traditional reception room. “We didn’t make anything feel older than it was. We felt it really worked having these amazing modern spaces next to the Victorian ones.”

Fresh on the market, this expertly-designed home is a quintessential multi-generational house built with family in mind.

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