15 Nov 2023

Notting Hill Revival

Nestled in one of west London’s most desirable areas, Huron House, a historic building, underwent extensive renovations over two decades ago. Now, the owners have revitalised it to blend modern luxury with its timeless charm. Initially a simple kitchen upgrade, this project has evolved into a full-scale renovation by Studio Varey Architects, preserving period features while introducing a fresh, functional design.


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Located within the Westbourne conservation area, Notting Hill forms a part of North West London, developed in the mid-to-late 1800s. Huron House, a four-storey terraced property, underwent extensive development works over 25 years ago, with a rear extension and loft conversion along with internal alterations. The London-based architecture firm’s clients, a Financier and TV Producer, decided to update the home to match their modern aesthetic and lifestyle while respecting and treasuring the unique charm that made them first fall in love with it.

This project forms the first major works since the home was last developed, and the initial brief was quite limited in scope: replace the kitchen and improve the connection to the garden with expansive sliding doors stretching the full width of the property, requiring the removal of a brick pier in the centre. However, exploratory works showed the property to be in a very poor structural condition that undermined its stability and longevity. This discovery led to securing the structural soundness of the property, ensuring it could be enjoyed for decades to come.

This gave the clients a unique opportunity to reimagine this classic home. The new brief included a full house renovation featuring two bathroom refits, interior design, including custom joinery and the rebuilding of the rear extension to facilitate open-plan living. Through the renovation, Studio Varey Architects worked to highlight and retain the character of the home’s period features while harmoniously introducing a modern aesthetic to the property.

True to the Studio Varey Architects ethos, the chosen palette for the project was one of simplicity: wood tones and light finishes from a combination of clay renders, concrete flooring, paint and high-quality tiles. The result is a beautiful, light-filled home with a clean and functional design that captures the natural beauty and craftsmanship of the materials.

Location: Notting Hill, London
Size: 1800ft2
Construction value: Private
Dates: Concept design (2020) to practical completion (2023)

Architect: Nick Varey, Studio Varey Architects
Photographer:T aran Wilkhu
Contractor: Hawksmoor Construction
Structural engineer: Walder Sharp
Electrical contractor: Tesla Installations
Kitchen joinery: Pluck Kitchens
Kitchen countertop: Cosentino
Rear glazing: 1st Folding Sliding Doors
Bathroom fittings: Lusso
Polished concrete: Steyson Granolithic Contractors
Plaster finish: Clayworks

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