In the heart of Bermondsey in south London, an area that is rich in history, a three-storey former industrial store has been sensitively re-imagined as a home. Bespoke traditional style joinery, conceived and crafted by expert Suffolk-based joiner Chris Reeve, suits the Victorian brickwork and vintage style finds. State-of-the-art features and a wine cellar fit seamlessly into place.
(Above) The Victorian property's open-plan layout was preserved. In the kitchen, white subway tiles complement dark blue cabinetry and steel grey accents. (Left) The lock on the toilet door is a Victorian "spend a penny" lock, originally from a cinema. But homeowner Ben assured us he isn't in the habit of charging guests to use the facilities. (Below) In the top floor bedroom, loading bay doors and fitted wardrobes reference the old exposed timber apex ceiling but have been painted an elegant modern shade. Number 29 was known as 2.9 during its renovation.
"This project was meant to take two years but it ended up taking five. It was worth every minute!" - homeowner Ben Green
The success of Number 29 rests on a combination of vintage style, salvaged pieces and reclaimed materials to complement the features of an old building.
Classic materials like oak and marble are ideal ingredients for a heritage home. Subway tiles evoke the shape of exposed bricks. To unite these elements and vintage accessories, select a classic paint colour. A new range from the Victoria and Albert Museum has traditional colours inspired by the London landmark.
Photography by Jerry Syder