London Designers Turn Dilapidated Victorian Lot Into $5 Million ‘Kew House’
Back in 2009, the cheapest plot of land that designers Tim and Jo Lucas could find in über-expensive London featured seven broken-down Victorian stable houses and not much else. (they paid a little over $500,000 for it.) With a creative vision for a unique new family home, they integrated the dilapidated houses into a brilliant mix of vintage and modern architecture. And after all that work, they’ve now decided to move out, putting it on the market for nearly 10 times its original price.
Dubbed “Kew House,” its designers worked with a local architecture firm to connect the old structures into a 4,000-square-foot, single-standing mansion, whose facade is from one of the original Victorian stables.
The first floor of the house includes a kitchen and dining room area; with a pantry, walk-in closet, laundry room, and bathroom/shower.
A quick set of stairs connects to the master bedroom, with an ensuite bathroom, walk-in closet, and window seat. A windowed-in “sky bridge” connects the master bedroom to a guest bedroom wing, family bathroom, and two smaller rooms.
From a set of stairs in the kitchen, you’ll descend into another living area with a wood-burning stove, and an additional set of stairs leads to a basement currently set up as a play area for children—but easily converted into a man- or lady-cave. The basement level also has its own shower room and workshop, so if you get caught up on a midnight project (or jam session), you could just call it a night down there.
The property is within walking distance of rail and subway stops, as well as Kew Green and the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s also just a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport.
For more on the spectacular home, click here. (It’s asking price is about $4.9 million.) Below, scroll through more exterior/interior shots of the property.