Take a tour around this family friendly-meets-cool-contemporary home in London

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  • The family moved into this fabulous Edwardian terrace in west London in 2015 and turned it from a two-storey wreck into a four-storey triumph – and doubled its volume in the process.

    ‘We stripped out the entire house, removed every chimney breast, extended the ground floor, built into the loft and dug out the basement,’ says the owner, who runs a house design business. ‘When we started the house was 130 square metres. Now it’s 285!’

    The project took almost a year. ‘I found it much scarier than when I work for someone else,’ says the owner. ‘When it is your entire life and work at the same time it’s hard not to become obsessive about it.

    ‘I wanted the basement to feel part of the house,’ she says. Basement access is often from the front, so you have stairs under stairs, she points out. But here the stairs are in the middle of the ground floor and sit on dainty legs with glass balustrades. ‘This was crucial in order to bring in lots of light,’ she says.

    The family uses every scrap of this house, with the generous basement the perfect venue for entertaining. ‘We had lots of friends over for my husband’s 40th birthday,’ says the owner. ‘The sunken area was transformed into a club and the bar was very busy!’

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