Take a tour of this reconfigured Edwardian semi in London

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  • It took some time for the owners of this property to find a family home that met their brief. ‘Our list of requirements was very specific,’ they say. ‘We were looking for a sizeable London house in need of renovation, with original architectural details, a garden, off-street parking and within walking distance of a leafy common or park.’

    The couple had been living in a terraced house nearby, but after the birth of their third child, they had outgrown it and needed somewhere more substantial. ‘Moving out to the country wasn’t an option, as our lives are based in the city and we didn’t want to spend hours commuting each day,’ they explain.

    While trying to find the right property, the owners, who have a background in construction, decided to take on a few projects doing up houses and flats. ‘When we finally found this place, we were ready to embark on an ambitious renovation, fully aware of all the things to look out for and consider,’ they say. ‘The four-storey Edwardian building owned previously by an architect was way ahead of the design curve in its day. But with the passing of time, it had become old-fashioned and tired.’

    Before slowly transforming the property, the owners wanted to get a feel for the place and how their family lived in it. After that, they created a self-contained, one-bedroom flat at the top of the house, which became a refuge while they worked their way through the entire house.

    First a guest bathroom was extended and upgraded to accommodate a full-height shower, then a contemporary family bathroom was fitted, along with a glamorous master en suite complete with freestanding tub.

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