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.
A key ambition was to retain its character and convert it back into a family home. The original features have been carefully restored, the staircase re-exposed and the original floor layouts re-instated.
Photography © Jeremy Philips / © Feldmann Architects
Feldmann Architects has won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects with the project, for the careful refurbishment and thoughtful extension of the house.
Knighton House also has featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year as a contemporary example of extending a period property.
Kevin McCloud said: “New approaches, materials and ideas can revitalize an old building; the extensions are low, long and powerful.”