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Real homes: bringing back the bronze age

Warmth and space are the hallmarks of this redesign
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 16-07-2019 12:30pm

The project in a nutshell

Who lives here? Lucy Matthews

Location: Chiselhurst

Property style: Detached, three bedroom house

Designer: Simon Skeffington, Architecturall

Decade property was originally built: 1950s

Lucy Matthews had a firm plan of how she wanted to demolish the three bedroomed 1950s house she bought and build a contemporary one. Working closely with architect Simon Skeffington led to the huge project jumping into action. The new design featured six bedrooms spread comfortably over five levels.



Because of the clarity of Lucy’s vision, Simon designed the entire build to her specifications.

The house is built with red brick and has bronze aluminium windows and detailing.



The main focus Lucy was set on was one of using natural materials:

“I was looking for something contemporary and functional with some natural warmth, which is why I decided on oak.” Oak flooring features throughout the build. Bronze is used in the door handles and accessories throughout the house to add to this warm undertone.



The whole design took an impressively small 10 months to be finished.

The kitchen follows the general theme, bespoke oak doors with bronze handles, in an open plan setting. This gives it a formal feel, but in a clean and understated way.



Furthermore, the dining room has a huge feature window which brings brightness and space into the area. Simon explains, “It was designed so the kitchen opens out both onto the garden via sliding glass doors and onto the dining and day areas. As there is glazing all along one wall, this completely floods this open-plan area with light.” Although stunning, it achieves a low-key effect, which again blends in well with the overall warmth of the décor.



“It certainly stands out among the surrounding 1970’s homes. I love it!” Lucy smiles.

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.