Before & After: A Brick Engine House Becomes an Airy Abode in England

A dormant industrial space in England is adapted into a cozy home.
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For much of its 100-plus years, the double-height brick structure that became Sandy Suffield’s home in the English town of Bury St. Edmunds was a building without a purpose. It was constructed as an engine house in the early 1900s to provide electricity for an upper-class family, but the manor they lived in burned to the ground just a few years later. "I bought the property in 2014, exactly a hundred years after the fire," says Sandy, a creative director who has worked internationally for Apple, Pentagram, and Time Out. "It was pretty much left alone."

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Iain Aitch
Author, journalist and Dwell contributor. London, England.


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