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Design for the Weekend: Transforming a Historic South Sea House: Design Options and Ideas

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In today’s post, I want to share some exciting design possibilities for a fascinating historic house in Southsea. This property, designed by the renowned Thomas Ellis Owen, has caught the interest of many due to its unique architecture and potential for transformation.

Thanks to the kind folks at Nesbits, I recently visited this house, and I’ve been brainstorming various ways to enhance its charm and functionality. The house features a notable vestibule space, which was originally an outdoor area but now serves as an indoor hall with glazed roofs and courtyard gardens on either side. This space, along with the rest of the house, presents some intriguing design challenges and opportunities.

One of the primary goals is to modernize the ground floor, which includes a somewhat dark and disconnected series of rooms. By removing some interior walls and adding a three-meter extension at the back, we can create a spacious, open-plan kitchen, dining, and family room that opens up to the garden. This not only improves light and accessibility but also makes the house feel more cohesive and inviting.

There are two main design options for the vestibule. The first is to utilize it as a multifunctional space for activities like indoor exercise, kids’ play, or even a conservatory-like area. The second option is to convert it into a functional dining hall with a stylish kitchen island, making it a central and welcoming part of the home.

Upstairs, the key changes include reconfiguring the large bathroom into a more efficient family bathroom and linen room, creating a master suite with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, and turning an existing corridor into a small study or guest bedroom. Additionally, by adding a new staircase over the existing one, we can access a new top floor featuring a sunroom and a large roof terrace perfect for entertaining or relaxing.

With its historic charm and modern potential, this house could become a dream home with the right design touches. If you’re interested in learning more about these ideas and the potential costs involved, feel free to contact me for a detailed video that explores the renovation plans in more detail.

Disclaimer: This video is for infotainment purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

I’m always eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the topics discussed. You will always find me at carl@carlarchitect.co.uk.

All the best

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