Best Interior design: Individual home (Under £500,000)

Best Interior design: Individual home (Under £500,000)
Little Donyland by Gruff Architects

Little Donyland is a semi-detached neo-Georgian house on the Dulwich Estate. Built in the 1930s, the original interior layout never presented the same grandeur or precision that the exterior displays. A series of badly planned spaces meant a dark interior with long corridors and little views of the surrounding garden. 

Our challenge was to unlock the potential of the internal space as well as integrate the modern extension to create a house that felt integrated.

We stripped the house back and relocated the main staircase and circulation to a central location creating new connections between rooms and original feature windows to be celebrated. The new layout creates compositional views that go across rooms, always leading through light filled spaces and beyond to views of the garden.

In collaboration with the client we established a style that was based loosely on a traditional feel but had modern elements throughout, this was to ensure that the original house and the new extension would feel integrated as a whole.

The mix of traditional and modern details and materials along with the chosen colour palette successfully tie the house together internally whilst relating to the brick exterior and context of the site surrounded on all sides by the garden.

Judges’ comments

“Dulwich common is a very clever insertion and very slickly done.” 

“Extraordinary reworking of a difficult interior space to create something that felt like it had always been there; the detailing was sublime.”

“Good use of space to celebrate the original feel of the property but to update it and to create a sleek modern design that combines old and new. The transition between period and modern touches is imperceptible in places.”

“Brilliant space planning to reconfigure an existing property to make it fun, a beautiful material palette and furniture and up to date with elegance.”

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