Step inside this restored Victorian terrace in Middlesex

The owners bought this two-bed Victorian terraced house in Middlesex in 2013.

The owners bought this two-bed Victorian terraced house in Middlesex in 2013. 'The house was a 1970s nightmare, with a riot of pine panelling, damp patches, a failing flat roof, crumbling plaster, dated kitchen units and run-down flooring,' says the owner.

'Now we've replastered the walls and given it a tasteful colour scheme, fitted a raised roof and installed a new kitchen a bathroom.'

The couple weren't fazed by taking on a house that required a lot of work. The house was in dire need of care and attention, but as the couple are both fairly handy and up for a challenge they didn't find it too daunting.

1/10 Exterior

exterior with white brick wall and front door

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They had been struggling to find a period property within their budget, so by choosing somewhere that required renovations, they could add value while putting their own stamp on it.

2/10 Living room

living room with white wall and sofa with cushions and flower vase on table

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With the help of their parents, who have plenty of DIY experience, the owners were able to do a lot of the work around the house themselves. In their living area they splashed out on two things - the flooring, which they wanted to suit the age of the house, and the beautiful grey sofa.


3/10 Living room fireplace

living room with fire place and cabinets with mirror on wall

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When the couple moved in, the woodburner was already there. Not only does it look great but it creates a cosy atmosphere during the winter months. As they couldn't repair the flooring in the living space, the owners found a flooring design that complemented the age of the house.

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TK Maxx

4/10 Dining room

dining room with white wall and dining table with chair and wooden flooring

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One of the owners restores furniture for a living. 'Our table and chairs were a bargain. I upcycled them using eggshell paint and reupholstered the padded seats.'

Furniture paint
Laura Ashley
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5/10 Kitchen

kitchen room with blue fridge and white wall with sink

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The couple kept the kitchen quite plain with white units and brick-style tiles but added character with a rustic beech worktop. 'Pastel blue accessories, such as our retro fridge and the floor tiles, add country charm,' says the owner.

Floor tiles
Topps Tiles

6/10 Main bedroom

main bedroom with grey wall and cushions on bed with curtains

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The couple built the wardrobes themselves, which helped to create a tidy, restful space. The bedroom has a soothing neutral scheme and the owner completely restored the bed, which makes a beautiful focal point.

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John Lewis

7/10 Loft extension

bedroom with wooden ladder and white wall with cabinet

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This ladder in the spare bedroom leads up to the owner's sewing room and gives them an extra space without doing a full loft conversion.

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8/10 Sewing room

sewing room with sewing machine and table with chair

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As they couldn't afford to convert the loft in their home, the owners turned the space into a sewing room. Complete with a desk for working and a shelving unit for storing fabric and other accessories, it's the perfect spot for a bit of crafting.

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9/10 Bathroom

bathroom with white wall tiles and bathtub with commode

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In the bathroom the couple mixed up the look with rustic details like the flooring and cabinet. The roll top bath finishes off the look perfectly.

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10/10 Courtyard garden

courtyard garden with white brick wall and table with chair

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The garden had been a bit of a dumping ground during the renovations but when they got round to work on it the couple painted the wall white and the fences a shade of green. By having white brickwork the space seems bigger and they planted climbers which they are growing up the fence to make a pretty floral display.

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Amy Hodge

Amy Hodge has been working on interiors magazines for over 11 years. She's a freelance writer and sub editor who has worked for some of the UK's leading interiors magazines including Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors. She started at Style at Home just after it launched as food editor and is now chief sub editor for Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors.