A Gorgeous Georgian-Era Dwelling in London Asks $2.2M

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Refurbished and expanded by award-winning London firm Fraher Architects, this heritage, Central London terrace house is on the market.

Located on Roupell Street—a Georgian enclave in London’s Waterloo district that has miraculously escaped the radical modernization brought on by urban development—this two-bedroom house in a two-story, heritage-listed building had been vacant for more than 10 years before London studio Fraher Architects turned it into a bright, modern home.

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Roupell Street is in a conservation area of modest, brick terrace houses  in London that was first developed by John Palmer Roupell in the 1820s.

Roupell Street is in a conservation area of modest, brick terrace houses  in London that was first developed by John Palmer Roupell in the 1820s.

The house is equipped with Nest systems, and has a charging dock for electric cars in the garden.

The house is equipped with Nest systems, and has a charging dock for electric cars in the garden.

Part of a 1820s Georgian brick terrace house, the 1,507-square-foot home received an extension with a sloping, mono-pitched glass roof to create a new, solarium-like dining area that connects to the garden patio. 

The kitchen and dining areas have parquet floors. Large, pivoting glazed doors open to the paved garden.

The kitchen and dining areas have parquet floors. Large, pivoting glazed doors open to the paved garden.

As part of the extensive yet sensitive redesign, the Fraher Architects restored lost historical details within the house, restoring wood paneled walls, architraves, baseboards, and paneled fireplaces to pay homage to the building’s historical personality. 

The pitch of the roof of the new addition was left exposed to create a more voluminous feel. 

The pitch of the roof of the new addition was left exposed to create a more voluminous feel. 

A map of Central London currently adorns the new dining and kitchen extension.

A map of Central London currently adorns the new dining and kitchen extension.

The dark blue, street-side door leads into the garden.

The dark blue, street-side door leads into the garden.

"Materiality was very important to help produce a sensitive, contemporary design assisting our conservationist approach," say one of Fraher’s directors Lizzie Webster. 

From the landing, a half flight of stairs leads to the two bedrooms on the first floor.

From the landing, a half flight of stairs leads to the two bedrooms on the first floor.

Marble and mosaic tiles are used for the simple, minimalistic kitchen, which includes a larder cupboard. 

Marble and mosaic tiles are used for the simple, minimalistic kitchen, which includes a larder cupboard. 

While carefully considered elements can be seen throughout the space, the highlight of the property is no doubt its contemporary, open-plan rear extension dining area, which has a glass roof that draws plenty of light into the rest of the home. 

A study boasts built-in shelves for books or decorative vignettes.

A study boasts built-in shelves for books or decorative vignettes.

In the reception room is a lounge area with a gas fire at one end, and a study space with a built-in desk and shelves. 

In the reception room is a lounge area with a gas fire at one end, and a study space with a built-in desk and shelves. 

"The ground floor has been opened out; a large open-plan living space creates an new, light, airy space; whilst a new glazed extension feeds light into the plan of the building," says Webster. "Throughout the traditional setting, contemporary furniture updates the spaces for modern living."

Both the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.

Both the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.

The original sash windows were upgraded, painted a rich blue color, and fitted with a double set of internal Venetian shutters. 

The original sash windows were upgraded, painted a rich blue color, and fitted with a double set of internal Venetian shutters. 

All the joinery was fabricated and installed by the Fraher team, who placed a clear emphasis on high-quality materials and appliances.

Next to the kitchen is a discreet toilet, and next to that, a door that leads down to a basement that was converted into a utility area with a worktop and Corian sink.

Next to the kitchen is a discreet toilet, and next to that, a door that leads down to a basement that was converted into a utility area with a worktop and Corian sink.

The house is less than a five-minute walk to Waterloo train station, and not far from both theaters, restaurants, bars and markets. 

Roupell Street is offered at £1,650,000, or approximately $2,170,410 through The Modern House.

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