Don’t have time to remodel your home to perfection? Buy an award-winning designer’s home instead. Admittedly, there probably aren’t a lot of them on the market right now, but that’s what makes Lucinda Sanford’s family home in Fulham such a rarity.
Gilstead Road, Fulham, £1.999m
She completely designed and remodelled the period home on Gilstead Road over a period of four years, using the expertise of her practice, which offers a full build, design and project management service. Nothing, however, compares to renovating your own home from the ground up.
“It’s way more piecemeal when you’re designing your own home,” Sanford says. “I don’t change my mind too often but you are always noticing things – like the cornicing not being quite right – to improve upon. I bring a lot of my clients here, so I can open a cupboard and say ‘Look, here’s what I mean by these hinges’, which is useful. It’s like a lived-in show house.”
When Sanford moved in, the house was a typical workman’s Victorian terrace. She redecorated it in two phases, living at the top while the basement was being dug out, then slowing inhabiting the lower spaces as they were completed. “It was a typical Victorian house for the area – really rickety with bad levels and it slanted slightly to the side.”
“Everything we took out, in terms of cornicing or the fireplace, we put back or replaced it with something else to maintain the integrity of the house.”
Finished in 2014, the size of the house has been increased from 1,400sqft to just over 2,400sqft of space, but Sanford believes she’s doubled the property’s volume. The kitchen is testament to this; the floor has been dropped to increase the ceiling height and Crittal windows separate it from the patio garden while flooding the space with light. The marble countertops give it a luxurious finish and a strategically-placed glass panel makes it possible to check on the children in the playroom below.
On an upper level, the master bathroom sits in a ‘pod’ extension – a fashionable asset in Fulham – and the entrance staircase has been removed – replaced by a zigzag version instead – to make room for a cosy crimson reception room at the front of the house. Now, there are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an office, utility room and ensuite bedroom ideal for a live-in nanny or au pair, spread over four storeys.
Despite all the modern improvements, Sanford has still preserved the main fabric of the townhouse: “Everything we took out, in terms of cornicing or the fireplace, we put back or replaced it with something else to maintain the integrity of the house.”
And now it’s time for Sandford to move on to her next fixer-upper. The buyer of this family home in Gilstead Road, however, can kick back and enjoy an expertly renovated house without any of the hassle.
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