A mid-century modern haven

A dilapidated five-bedroom, five-bathroom B&B becomes an eclectic mid-century modern haven.

When I was first asked, about 18 months ago, to work on the conversion of this five-bedroom, five-bathroom B&B into a single family home in Tewkesbury, little did I know that we would have to overcome a long list of major obstacles, including having to double up the timber trusses of the roof structure to prevent it from slowly collapsing on the house below, or having to complete construction during a global pandemic but, hey, ho, we made it, and the end result is, we think, superb! These ‘before/after’ shots are a true testimony to the major changes this renovation brought about. Natural light and treetop views now suffuse this mid-century modern inspired Tewkesbury home. The renovation plan essentially involved ripping all the walls out of the top floor and moving the living areas upstairs to immerse the entertaining spaces in nature.

A new kitchen picture window to the front elevation and sets of large windows to the back and side elevations flood the “upside-down” home with constantly changing natural light and capture a treetop outlook in the front and garden views at the rear.

The sofa, armchairs, nest of tables, sideboard, dining table and chairs are all Ercol original furniture pieces. In true mid-century modern fashion, the space is enclosed by slatted screens and lightly zoned through the arrangement of furniture and rugs, above which the eye can pass through unhindered.

The design of the kitchen was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s abstract geometric compositions with Yellow, Blue and Red. Mondrian’s paintings are characterised by flat black horizontal and vertical lines that create a grid filled with coloured forms. Similarly to Mondrian’s art, anthracite grey handle channels are used to build a grid that frames all the drawer and door fascias. The vast expanses of grey are subsequently broken by the introduction of rectangles of bright colours in spice tones that create a new equilibrium.

Photographs by www.lisalodwigphotography.co.uk

Sofa, armchairs, sideboard, dining table and dining chairs by www.ercol.com, sofa upholstered with striped fabric by www.stylelibrary.com/harlequin supplied by www.justfabrics.co.uk, armchairs seat, back cushions and accent cushions upholstered with fabrics by www.romo.com supplied by www.justfabrics.co.uk, pendant lights by www.made.com, kitchen by www.kellerkitchens.com supplied and installed by www.dajoninteriors.co.uk, kitchen tap by www.crosswater.co.uk, extractor hood by www.cda.eu, integrated warming drawer, microwave oven and oven by www.neff-home.com, induction hob by www.aeg.co.uk, worktops by www.cosentino.com supplied and installed by www.graniteplanet.co.uk, kitchen picture window by www.cgcladding.co.uk, wood floors by www.havwoods.com supplied and installed by www.lkflooring.co.uk, construction by www.ampm247.com.