Gainsborough Gardens

Hampstead,  2021
253 m²  /  3,800 ft²

After securing planning for an extension to their garage, we were invited by these clients to refurbish the entire house.

A stunning, Grade II listed house in Hampstead, it had been damaged by flooding. In restoring and repairing it, we reinforced the grandeur and craftsmanship of the original Victorian interiors through applying strong paint colours across walls, architraves and skirting, allowing the decorative features to stand out.

There is so much tradition and character in the original interiors, yet they form a perfect backdrop for bold, contemporary furniture, which we also chose, including sofas, lamps and rugs.

These big Victorian houses can be dark, so to lift the central circulation core of the staircase we painted all the walls, ceilings and skirting this soft Cornforth White.

‘I applaud and thank ROAR for their proactive and original style complemented by an extremely professional approach. They are a practice to watch and were a one stop shop for architecture, interiors, and project management.’  –  Ian


Bedrooms feature slabs of strong colour, and bespoke joinery, whilst the bathrooms are softer toned, with classic/contemporary sanitaryware.

This existing 1960s garage is accessed from a road behind the house. Considering how overlooked the terrace and sunken garage is, it was no small achievement to obtain planning permission.

The garage has been extended with simple, functional, but beautiful elements such as this new concrete wall and exposed timbers. The client is a keen painter and sculptor, so this doubles up as garage and also a workshop for him.

The exterior is softened with timber cladding which will grey over time to become one with the garden, along with the matching decking. The landscape is designed to grow up around it.