Stylish master suite in a Maisonette remodel

Architect Peter Merrett has designed a bespoke master suite remodel that’s more than doubled the value of his family’s home

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When architect Peter Merrett first stepped inside this Victorian first-floor maisonette in south-east London, he could see it had the potential to extend into the loft. The property is now valued at £630,000 – not bad when he and wife Eleanor paid just £280,000 for it, and have spent less than £70,000 on its remodel.

Their first major remodel was the living room, which had been stripped of its Victorian features. The original fireplace had been removed, so they sourced a reclaimed cast-iron fire and wooden mantelpiece.

The couple lived in the flat for 12 months before Peter began planning to remodel and convert the loft. Then it tool three months to get the plans through. ‘Some staircase designs are really stingy; I wanted to create a feeling of space,’ he adds. ‘I designed a bespoke rooflight, so the light just floods in.’

Project notes

Project notes

The owners: Peter Merrett, an architect, lives here with wife Eleanor, a trademark attorney, and their 11-month-old son, Albert

The property: A three-bedroom, first-floor Victorian maisonette with garden in Nunhead, south-east London

Total cost: £66,720

dining room in a maisonette remodel

The red rocking chair was made from a kit in the 1960s by Peter’s dad and granddad. Table, Habitat. Pendant light, B&Q. Chairs,

kitchen diner in a renovated maisonette

All the cabinetry was in place when the couple moved in. They defined the dining and cooking areas by painting a wall in Panel from Paint & Paper Library

exterior of a maisonette remodel with a converted loft

The Velux windows are the only external evidence of the loft conversion that has created the couple’s new master suite

living room in a maisonette remodel

Peter and Eleanor wanted a Victorian-meets- Scandi feel to the living room. The floorboards were sanded and oiled with Osmo Polyx Hardwax Oil. Walls painted in Lead II from Paint & Paper Library. Reclaimed fireplace and surround, Junction Emporium. Circular mirror, Mrs Robinson. Coffee table, sofa and armchair, all Habitat. Rug and lightshade, Ikea

private garden behind a maisonette remodel

Peter and Eleanor have access to their own private, well-planned garden behind the property

small nook office in a maisonette remodel

Walls are painted in Steel III from Paint & Paper Library. Chair, desk and wall shelves, all Ikea. Beyond are the new staircase and rooflight

guest bedroom in a maisonette remodel

Simple furniture stands out against the white walls. Bed, Habitat. Cushions and throw, Zara Home and Urban Outfitters. Bedside cabinet, Ikea

en suite bathroom in a maisonette remodel

Porcelain and ceramic tiles, Topps Tiles. Basin, Ikea. Bespoke screen, Balham Glass. Shower, Hansgrohe

master suite loft conversion in a maisonette remodel

The loft conversion has a contemporary feel. The Ikea fitted wardrobes have oak handles from Häfele, while the Ikea drawers have been handpainted in eggshell. Bed and upholstered bench, Rug and bedlinen, Urban Outfitters. Cushions and throw, Zara Home

en-suite and bedroom in a converted loft of a maisonette remodel

The couple opted for a white colour scheme in the shower room, complemented by the European oak flooring from Whitten Timber. It has been treated with Osmo Polyx Hardwax Oil. Windows, Velux

loft conversion in a renovated masionette

Converting the empty loft has made space for a stylish master suite with shower room in the eaves. A replica Victorian staircase connects to the new floor, with a large rooflight above it

Cost breakdown

Building work: £50,400

Total: £66,720

Purchase cost in 2012: £280,000

Potential profit: £283,280