Collection by Sarah Akkoush

A Compact, Light-Filled Victorian Renovation in England


An airy color palette drives this budget-conscious remodel in London.

In London’s Kensal Green, a run-down Victorian home was smartly modernized, while carefully preserving original architectural elements. The owners, a couple with small children, sought to bring openness into the cramped space, and create a bright and functional home for their family. London-based practice Russian for Fish worked intimately with the owners to bring their vision to life, all while adhering to a strict project budget of under $150,000. Being designers themselves, the couple had a strong aesthetic viewpoint, and the team took great care to make color and materials choices that would complement their furniture and art pieces. The final result is a bright and modern dwelling which enables the family to live comfortably in just over 1,000 square feet.

Throughout the home, the original strip-wood floorboards were preserved and painted a soft, muted gray.
Adhering to a budget, it was crucial to use off-the-shelf materials wherever possible.
Many of the home’s Victorian features were carefully preserved, including the original stairs and banister.
The design team completely changed the layout of the first floor, moving the kitchen to the front of the home and the...
Redesigning the cramped bathroom was one of the project’s biggest challenges.
The ground floor of the home is both the clients' and architects’ favorite part of the home.
The large patio leads to a newly landscaped back garden.
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