Real Home: 9 dark and moody design tips to copy from an extended Edwardian semi

Vanessa and Andy Roberts bought their four-storey Edwardian semi in 2016 in the same town they’d recently renovated a converted coach house. It was one of eight built by the same architect and had been converted back into a house from three flats around 20 years ago. ‘The work had been badly done, but with 3,000 square feet to play with, there was lots of potential,’ says Vanessa.

Initially, the couple had grand plans for their house renovation, including a basement kitchen and a mezzanine above, but the quote was too high. Instead, they created an open-plan kitchen-diner by knocking through the old kitchen and dining room, and rebuilt the entire back of the house with lots of glass. On the first floor, two small rear bedrooms, a bathroom, corridor and sunroom were transformed into an L-shaped master bedroom with en suite and a quirky reading nook/office overlooking the garden.

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