Beibhinn (pronounced Bevan), an Irish girl who trained as an accountant, had met New Zealander Matt, who works in banking, while they were on holiday in Portugal in 2006.
Two years later she came over from Dublin and moved in, and everything was fine, until they were expecting Ellie Rose (now two). Then it was time to find a proper home with a garden.
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My home: raw is beautiful
My home: raw is beautiful
1/6 Project details
What it cost: £540,000 (spring 2013)
Cost of work (including architect): £170,000
Value now: estimated at £1.15 million
All images by Adrian Lourie and Tim Crocker
2/6 Dubbed The Raw House
The architects took out half the hall wall and widened the opening between the original two living rooms, effectively turning the whole ground floor into one big, comfortable living space.
3/6 Space to dine for
Beibhinn and Matt absorbed the side return into the house to create a kitchen-diner.
4/6 Seeing the light
Covering the side return increased space and privacy, while the statement Crittall windows brought in more natural sunlight.
5/6 Steps in the right direction
The walls were painted in tones that complemented the style of the home, with paints from Colour Makes People Happy at www.sieclecolours.com.
6/6 Get the look
Architect: John Norman at mustardarchitects.com
Crittall door and windows: from Metwin Windows at www.metwin.co.uk
Steel range cooker: from www.falconappliances.com
Pendant steel lamps in kitchen: made in America, from www.barnlightelectric.com
Paints: from www.sieclecolours.com
They had previously met John and Joanna, from Mustard Architects, at a little stall in Victoria Park, E3.
“They were doing a bit of guerrilla marketing, so I went and talked to them,” Beibhinn says. “What they were saying made sense, so we invited them over to Peckham to see if their design philosophy matched ours.”
The Peckham house needed a lot doing to it, and had just been taken off the market, having languished there for ages. But they put in a firm offer, which the owners accepted just before Christmas.
The floors throughout were repaired and stained, and the walls painted in really delicious, thoughtful colours hand-mixed by a local paint wizard — a perfect French Grey in the sitting room and a beautiful soft, warm blue in Ellie Rose’s room.
Upstairs, the old bathroom was made bigger by poaching space off the back bedroom, then decked out with a double shower, a bath, and metro tiles.
Through careful thinking, a small house has become a medium-sized house that thinks it’s an even bigger home.