20 May 2024

Restoring Beauty at Bow House

Located in London’s Tower Hamlets, Bow House has undergone a transformative renovation and extension project managed by AFL Build. Commencing at the end of 2022 and concluding in December 2023, the project spanned a total construction period of 51 weeks.


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The property comprises five storeys, with the lower-ground floor consisting of 54m2 (existing) and 65m2 (new), the upper-ground floor covering 36m2, the first floor spanning 36m2, the second floor encompassing 39m2 and the third floor occupying 16m2, resulting in a total area of 192m2, including the extension.

Originally a Grade II-Listed Victorian house, Bow House, a mid-terrace townhouse, was in a dilapidated state, necessitating a comprehensive refurbishment and extension. AFL Build’s task was to sensitively restore the property’s historical details while adding a small extension to the lower ground floor, creating a new family room.

The project’s primary objective was to craft a comfortable and inviting family home, emphasising the celebration of original details such as floorboards and cornices. A combination of finishes, including lime plaster and handmade tiles, contributed to a cohesive palette of natural tones, enhancing the property’s character.

The Bow House renovation and extension project exemplifies AFL Build’s dedication to preserving historical charm while integrating modern comforts and sustainability. Through collaborative efforts, the property was transformed into a refined and welcoming family residence, harmonising heritage with contemporary living.


Main contractor:  AFL Build (construction company of Architecture for London)
Architects:  Space Group Architects (stages 1-3), Becky Wootton/AFL Build (stages 4-7)
Photography:  Lina Viluma
Contract admin:  MEA Studio
Structural engineer:  Architecture for London
Building control:  Assent

Walls (basement):  Solo Lime plaster by Lime Green
Paint:  Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell

Woodwork paint:   Little Greene Intelligent Satinwood
Skirting one:  The Skirting Board Shop – 18 X 94mm
Skirting two:  Matching existing from The Victorian Emporium
Cornices and ceiling roses:  Sourced from Cornice Cleaning
Stairs:  Existing softwood refinished in Osmo 3071 Honey

Lighting/electrics:  Soho Lighting switches – Eldon collection, with rockers on upper floors and toggles on lower-ground floor
Finishes:  Retained existing floorboards treated with Osmo 3065 clear, semi-matte
Kitchen:  Supplied by Naked Kitchens with walnut veneer and ‘sea froth’ island, Caesarstone Primordia matte worktop supplied by the Marble Group
Doors/windows:  Rear Crittall-style glazing supplied by Clement Windows
Heating:  Radiators from Paladin Radiators, Thermostats from Heatmiser.

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