Converting a stuffy Victorian house into a cool family-friendly home is always a tricky task, but architects and homeowners Ran Ankory and Maya Carni came up with inventive ways to squeeze the most out of every square inch of space on offer in their new London home, including under the stairs, in the eaves, and in hallways.
“Our children took a central part in developing both the brief and the design of their own bedroom, which resulted in a climbing wall leading to a ‘secret space’ in the eaves of the original house extension,” explains the couple. “And what better way to come back down than by using the fireman’s pole!”
Another space that was cleverly transformed was the vacant space below the lowered living-room area. The pair turned it into a fun and practical kids’ area, with storage units under the stairs, plus a pull-out table and bench for the children to do their homework at – it slots back into the wall to make extra floor space for playing when it’s not in use.
The adults get to have some fun, as well as the kids. A split-level, open-plan living space has a snug reading area opposite a contemporary fireplace, plus a ‘floating’ library leading up to the bedroom floors creates an eye-catching feature.
A window seat in the kitchen area also provides the perfect spot for basking in the sun or for reading a book during the summer months with the glazing open to the garden.
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