When Rosie and Tom were searching for their perfect home, the right location was key – close enough to London to feel the bustle of the city, but far enough away to feel part of a smaller community. So, they chose Balham, with its quirky cafes, shops and bars, and this property with a garden completely won them over.
The house hadn’t been updated since the 1970s, but Rosie and Tom weren’t deterred by the work that was needed. They knew they could modernise the house to create the light-filled home they wanted. They asked CW2 Architects to design a scheme for a contemporary side-return and rear kitchen extension. They wanted an open-plan kitchen diner so their growing family could all use the space at the same time.
The owners: Rosie Foster-Carter, a freelance marketing consultant, lives here with her husband, Tom. Co-founder of a tech start-up, and their son, Freddie.
The property: A four-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Balham, London.
Total project cost: £108,700