Langley Road, Manchester
Photos by Gail Secker Photography
This 1920s detached home lies on a leafy, quiet street in North Manchester and has beautiful, original features and room proportions. The client had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve, and the focus was always on connecting the garden with the main living areas creating tranquil, light spaces that can be enjoyed all year round. Bringing meaning to the familiar expression; brining the outside – in.
H. Skogen Design was part of the whole renovation process, providing a full detailed design pack and project management services. By opening up walls between the kitchen/ dining and the kitchen/ hallway, we created a flow between the spaces and a calming connection to the beautifully landscaped garden both visually and physically.
New openings were formed to the back of the house with tall, elegant Crittall doors framing the views – in keeping with the style and period of house.
Original features such as dado rails and ornate plastering have been maintained and work harmoniously with natural colours and materials such as the oak herringbone floor and Cheshire brick. Every detail has been considered – we even managed to match the size and layout of the oak herringbone with the Lakeland slate floor tiles in the utility, creating a seamless transition between materials and rooms.
In the Lounge, the old gas fireplace and marble surround and hearth has been replaced with a Scandi inspired wood burner, set within a micro cement clad chimney breast with a new raised plinth – creating a cosy but contemporary space to relax in.
On the first floor, every room underwent a full makeover but the jewels in the crown are the bathrooms. We designed a new En-suite within an existing storage cupboard: a newly formed opening with a bespoke pocket door takes you from the master bedroom and into the new bathroom where the original, circular stained-glass window really is the main story. Clean lines, minimal materials, considered lighting details and black Vola fittings work harmoniously with the glass colours and the window’s soft shape.
For the Main bathroom – we removed a wall between the existing bathroom and WC to create more space and maximise the daylight flooding in from the sash windows. The walk-in shower with a full height glass screen sits comfortably next to the freestanding bathtub with a timeless Vola floor standing bath filler. A half height band of tiles create a bespoke pattern and have an earthy colour – introducing warm tones next to the large format cement look tiles and brushed stainless steel. The recessed LED light in the ceiling washes a warm glow down the wall above the bath.