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.’
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