BACK TO LIFE A new look for a historic home
A rundown rectory has been lovingly transformed into a contemporary family home
Although full of character, this former Victorian rectory was dated, lacklustre and needed a fresh look when the family moved in. ‘The layout was all higgledy-piggledy,’ says Cassia. ‘It was typically Victorian, with too many small spaces and corridors. The flow of the house just wasn’t right.’
Realising this would be a major project, the family lived in the property for a year while they planned the new layout. ‘Thankfully, the house isn’t listed, so I had the freedom to make structural changes such as knocking down internal walls to enlarge various spaces,’ explains Cassia. Having liaised with a structural engineer, her plans for a new porch and dressing room area, plus a master en suite were swiftly passed.
Cassia, an interior designer, sourced everything from flooring to fittings and fixtures, and used a subtle palette of grey and taupe to create a cohesive feel. ‘However, I did experiment with bolder tones in certain rooms,’ she says.
‘It was an ambitious project that required time and patience, but the end result was worth it,’ Cassia adds. ‘It’s now a welcoming home, ideal for our family get-togethers and parties.’