Stripped back and imagined anew, this characterful three-bedroom house in Leyton has been crafted with love, skill and care.
Primrose Road, Leyton, 3 Bed. House
THE OWNER SAYS
From day one, we fell in love with the unconventional nature of the house. Its unusual layout and interesting details give it a real personality. And we worked hard to maintain that character as we renovated it.
The light in the house is wonderful. It streams in the dining space in the mornings, where we often catch up together and have coffee overlooking the garden.
We particularly love the rear space in the summer. We pretty much have the bi-folds open permanently in warmer months, spilling out into the decking and grass. We will miss the house very much!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current Energy Efficiency Rating: E. Potential Rating: C.
In the Borough of Southwark, the house falls into Council Tax Band C (£1724 in 2022/23).
Current monthly utility costs (approx): gas £200, electricity £90 and water £25.
Leyton Midland Road is your closest station (0.3 miles). It is part of the Overground network on the Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside route. Many use it to connect to the Victoria Line at Blackhorse Road or the Elizabeth Line at Wanstead Park. Alternatively, you can walk/cycle a little further and pick up the Tube directly from Leyton (0.9 miles) on the Central Line.
New roof with new using Eternit synthetic slate tiles. Removal of the rear joint chimney and chimney breast. New windows throughout, including double glazing PVC and aluminium windows and bi-folding doors to kitchen/garden. New electrics and wiring, including the consumer unit. New plumbing, including boiler, radiators and most pipework. The ceiling and walls have been stripped back, plastered and new linings. Original floorboards & door frames restored. New upstairs and downstairs bathroom, including all plumbing, flooring, tiling and fixtures. Removed wall plus fitted structural steel between kitchen and dining room. Installed new kitchen, including units, marble worktops, fixtures and appliances.
This elegant Victorian terraced house has been reimagined for 21st-century living. The purposeful reconfiguration began with a new front door within a side-return extension. Not only did it create a designated entry hall, but it also allowed the owners to find room for a downstairs WC and extra storage. The legacy creates a strong sense of arrival, with the original timber door frame remaining within the hallway.
At the front, you find a perfectly formed reception room with high ceilings, a tall bay window and exposed floorboards. The simplicity of the design belies the skill. It's a space that makes you feel calm.
Moving beyond the central staircase and to the back of the house, you find the kitchen-dining space. Here the larger canvas has given the owners more freedom to bring their design sensibilities to the fore. There is an uncluttered aesthetic with a focus on functionality. The whitewashed walls help accentuate the matt black light fittings. At the same time, the central island, with its marble worktop, cleverly divides the room up into zones. Everything is considered and close to hand.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, two doubles, and a generous single making it ideal as a home office or nursery. The bathroom remains true to the home's roots, with Victorian-style fittings and a roll-top bath.
Outside, there is a charming south-west facing garden. The orientation means you are bathed in sunlight all day long. As an added bonus, the layout of the terrace means your view from the back of the house is out and over neighbouring gardens. Your sightline is virtually unbroken, making for a peaceful and private feeling of space.
Leyton has seen a renaissance in recent years, and it's easy to understand why. Surrounded by expansive green spaces –– Hackney Marshes, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Leyton and Wanstead Flats are all within easy reach –– good transport connections and a tight community spirit, it has all the raw ingredients many are looking for. And that pull continues to grow.
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