The Victorian villa was built in 1879 and had been significantly altered several times by previous owners, the house had been split into two apartments and the original staircase boxed in, later the upper floor was used as bed-sits and eventually left vacant for over a decade.
A key ambition was to retain the character of the villa and convert it back into one family house. The original features of the house have been carefully restored, the staircase re-exposed and the original floor layouts re-instated.
Knighton House has won a couple of awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year as a contemporary example of renovating and extending a period property.
Kevin McCloud said: “New approaches, materials and ideas can revitalize an old building; the extensions are low, long and powerful.”
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