Asked by a couple with a baby and a toddler to renovate their two-floor “maisonette” in a London Victorian, architect Larissa Johnston responded by turning the place upside down: The bedrooms, formerly sequestered on the ground floor, were moved up a flight. Meanwhile, the kitchen and living room got transplanted on the garden level, where they could be linked to the previously hard-to-access courtyard. The aim, she says, was to “create a spacious, light, and modern family home.” And that required Johnston to not only shift the floor plan but also to rethink just about every existing detail. Come see her light and airy results.
Photography by Rory Gardiner, styling by Emma Lynne Archer, courtesy of Larissa Johnston Architects.
Within the open space, Johnston introduced a “carefully crafted linear plywood box,” ingeniously fitted to contain the kitchen and the stairs, as well as a series of shelves and storage units.The sliding glass window wall is the full height and width of the of the kitchen. The birch ply door in the back of the room leads to a utility area and powder room tucked under the stairs.
Take a look at three more clean-lined remodels of historic structures:
- Lessons in Reinvention: A Victorian Girls’ School Reborn
- Simon Astridge’s Plywood House
- Architect Visit: The Strange House in London
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