A stunning example of how a property can be transformed, this three-storey home in Woking, Surrey has been completely reconfigured and finished with ultra-contemporary styling.
Ed Peers and his family were looking to move from their small apartment and find the perfect family home. A professional photographer, Ed has a keen passion for design and was keen to find a project to put his own stamp on. Years of watching Grand Designs had inspired him.
The three storey town house had previously been owned by an elderly lady and remained in its original layout which comprised lots of small rooms which wasted space from an impractical layout.
Ed realised its potential and 18 months ago purchased the property. “It was a good sized house, on a great plot and in an ideal location. I could see the potential to transform the layout, extend and put our own style on it and was excited to take on the project.
“Luckily a good friend of mine is an architect and he was able to advise me on my aspirations and what would be possible. I have always loved Scandinavian and Japanese styling, and this inspired the vision for both the new layout and interior design. I also wanted to add in some industrial design touches.”
Instructing a team of builders the house was completely gutted, with virtually every existing wall being removed or altered, an extension added to the lower ground floor and the oversized garage converted to create additional living space.
The result is an open and flowing home, perfect for modern family living. Upstairs houses three bedrooms, a family bathroom and an en-suite to the guest room. The middle floor, which is the main entrance level, has been reconfigured to provide a modern open plan kitchen and dining space which flows into a playroom, cloakroom and utility room. The lower ground floor combines Ed’s office space and a large family lounge which looks out to the garden.
“We spend most of our time in the kitchen/dining space. With this in mind I designed this as a place to hang out. My architect suggested the large window seat wrapping around the dining table which is really sociable, and the adjacent playroom provides a space for my daughter to be connected to the family living area but with toys kept out of the cooking and eating area.”
Ed originally wanted a poured polished concrete floor, but realised this would only be possible on the lower ground floor due to the sub-floor and weight baring issues of using concrete on upper levels.
“I was keen to keep my materials palette simple, with a mix of wood and concrete which would naturally combine and flow into each space. I really wanted a concrete floor in the kitchen, but as poured concrete was not possible I had started to look at tiles and stone, but they just wasn’t close enough to the authentic concrete finish I wanted, and would also feel too cold underfoot as we weren’t having under floor heating.
“I then saw Concreate in Grand Designs Magazine and was intrigued. I did a bit of research, viewed the product and realised it was perfect. I was keen to use more wood finishes on the walls rather than the floors so being able to use the concrete panels and combine these with the Concreate smoke oak panels gave me the perfect palette to use just a few materials and introduce an element of wood into the flooring to subtly zone the open spaces with no messy transitions.”
Ed has created standout interior design which truly reflects his design inspiration. The mix of Concreate’s Natural Grey concrete panels and Smoke White Oak wood flooring has simplified zoning and created a natural flow. The tongue and groove panels have allowed him to be really versatile with the floor, changing directions and materials for smart, seamless transitions to translate the different uses of each space.
Concreate wall panels, also in Natural Grey, add an industrial edge to the lounge creating a concrete feature TV wall.
The last piece of the jigsaw was the connecting stairs between the lower and upper ground floor.
“I wanted to stay true to my simple materials palette and connect the floors so the stairs were part of it and not an after-thought. It was later into the project that I discovered Concreate had introduced stair nosing into the range so Concreate stairs were added as the final touch.”
Ed has added extremely effective wood styling and texture to the project with the use of radiata ply on the lounge walls and spruce planks around the kitchen feature wall. The mix of Concreate’s concrete and oak floors, with these raw wood surfaces creates effortless styling, perfectly reflecting the mix of Scandinavian, Japanese and industrial design vision Ed had at the start of the project.
To maintain the theme externally Ed also gave the facade of the house a facelift. Using vertical open board cedar cladding and charcoal render the exterior has been completely modernised to match the interior styling.
“The team at Concreate were great and Rob at Past and Present Flooring who fulfilled the order was incredibly helpful. Our builders had never worked with the product before, and despite initial apprehension went on the praise the flooring as one of the most stable and easy to work with flooring products they have come across.
“We love the finished house, and I can’t imagine any other floor would have worked as well. It looks and feels great underfoot and has been really easy to clean using just water and natural soap.”
“The main build took six months, with a further three months of finishing to the get to the end result but it has all been worth it to see my vision become a reality, combining great materials and modern design to create a family home totally unique to us and how we use the space.”