‘It al­ways makes peo­ple’s jaws drop’

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Tall, Vic­to­rian ter­race houses are no­to­ri­ously dark. But step in­side Colin and Karen Cur­rie’s home in north-west Lon­don and you are trans­ported into an ex­otic space, where light streams in from mul­ti­ple sources, and where a huge palm fern reaches for the sky from an in­ter­nal court­yard. So suc­cess­ful is this re­cent trans­for­ma­tion that it is one of the 20 prop­er­ties that have made it on to the cov­eted longlist for this year’s RIBA House of the Year award.

Karen and Colin had been liv­ing on the upper two floors of the four-storey house, while the lower lev­els were let as of­fices. The ground floor had once been a shop, but the store front was bricked up, leav­ing only small win­dows. When the of­fice floors be­came va­cant they de­cided to make use of the whole house, talk­ing to ar­chi­tects about the pos­si­bil­i­ties for the space.

“It started off as quite a mod­est pro­ject. We just wanted to get rid of the wall be­tween the hall and the ground floor front room, and get some light in,” says Karen.

Most of the ar­chi­tects they con­sulted sug­gested turning it back into a Vic­to­rian house with the top two floors as

Colin Cur­rie’s decks and record col­lec­tion, which leads to the in­ter­nal court­yard with a tree, main

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