The long and wind­ing road

A long-term ap­proach to fam­ily liv­ing proves to be the per­fect de­sign so­lu­tion, writes

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Not ev­ery­one would be thrilled at the thought of ren­o­vat­ing over an eightyear pe­riod. But when the own­ers of this ter­race house in Padding­ton bought it in 2010, they were in no hurry to com­pletely over­haul their new home.

Ini­tially, their fo­cus was on mak­ing the house safe for their young chil­dren, who were still just ba­bies. They called in in­te­rior de­sign firm Arent&Pyke to tone down the French Pro­vin­cial style the house had been ren­o­vated in, make the kitchen more fam­ily friendly with a new bench­top deep enough to ac­com­mo­date a few barstools and a new splashback.

“We also did a beau­ti­ful mas­ter bed­room scheme and liv­ing room, and up­graded the painting and light­ing in the rest of the house,” says Sarah-Jane Pyke.

So far, so good. But there was so much more to come.

Grow­ing pains

Fast for­ward a few years and the kids’ bed­rooms were in need of an up­date as they ap­proached school age.

Sarah-Jane says they also took the op­por­tu­nity to re­work an area at the side of the house which the kids had been us­ing for messy play into a stylish home of­fice.

While the first ren­o­va­tion had been com­pleted be­fore they moved in, this one was less dra­matic so the fam­ily was able to stay liv­ing in the house while work was com­pleted.

But that’s not the end of the story. The fi­nal piece in the puz­zle was a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion com­pleted at the end of last year.

Work­ing with what had al­ready been com­pleted, Sarah-Jane was at the helm of an over­haul which in­cluded a new kitchen, new bath­rooms and a stun­ning new din­ing space lead­ing on to the court­yard at the rear. Af­ter

The mas­ter bed­room has re­mained rel­a­tively un­changed since the ini­tial ren­o­va­tion eight years ago.

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