Pippa Mundy took a somewhat unconventional approach to transforming her Victorian Cardiff house into a stunning industrial-style home. She had an overall vision for her home, but believed in respecting the essence of the building. By allowing it to reveal itself as they stripped it back to its bare bones, the direction of the project took shape.
While Pippa’s intuition proved correct, it was her ability to remain calm in a crisis that was truly invaluable. When the second-floor ceiling fell down while the wallpaper was being stripped off, she saw it as a chance to create a striking pitched roof, instead. When it was discovered that the foundations for her extension required costly adjustments, Pippa simply amended the plans to include a supporting pier structure. ‘Ultimately, problems are just something to work with and can lead to unimagined possibilities,’ she says.
Pippa Mundy, a clinical psychologist, lives here with sons Finlay, 17, and George, 21, who is studying medicine at Manchester University
A five-bedroom Victorian terraced house in a Conservation Area in Cardiff, Wales
Total project cost:
The renovation and extension cost £85,000
The downstairs layout of the Victorian terraced house lacked flow, and the floors of the rooms were at different heights
Pippa previously lived two streets away in central Cardiff, but was drawn to the size and period features of this house
Pippa’s decking is from Theodore Sons & Daughters Reclamation, and was once part of the Doctor Who set in Cardiff. It flows on from the indoor flooring
The run of wall units were made by Pippa’s carpenter, and painted in RAL Anthracite Grey. The shelves and worktops are made from old church pews. Cooker, Appliance City
One of Pippa’s favourite spots in the house is the snug in the new extension. It features a wall clad in the same reclaimed wood as the kitchen island. The other wall was stripped of plaster, leaving exposed bricks
Pippa has let period features take centre stage in the living room. The restored original fireplace houses a Mendip wood-burner
Dated carpet was ripped up and the original floorboards and bannisters were sanded down on both staircases in the property
Pippa removed a partition wall between the bathroom and WC to open up the space. Wood from her dad’s shed creates handy shelves. Basin, shower enclosure and WC, all B&Q. Mirror and bath, Ebay. Metro tiles, Tons of Tiles. Windows, Forse Joinery. Floor tiles, Wickes
The new sash windows form the focal point in Pippa’s room, which she has furnished with antique pieces. Walls painted in Urban Chic, Dulux. Floorboards in Sail White from Crown, and Ronseal Diamond Hard matt varnish. Curtain rail, The Pipe Centre
The side extension has opened up the ground floor, and new bathrooms have been created on the other levels