I first discovered Darran’s gorgeous Victorian home via his website Old Victorian New and, after browsing his Instagram account @oldvictoriannew I was hooked! I’ve always loved the idea of living in a period property and this one is a unique split-level redbrick terrace – a type of property I’d never seen before.
Today, I’m sharing just a handful of photos of this project and I’m sure you’ll agree that the results are dramatic! So much so that the property was a finalist in the Home of the Year 2019 competition, and it’s easy to see why.
I think it’s really interesting to see how things were pre-restoration so here are before and after photos of Darran’s hallway and the kitchen below.
The cramped kitchen space was extended out into the garden to provide some much-needed extra space. I love the rich blue cabinets, don’t you?
As you can see, the old dining room look tired and lacked character. But now, post-renovation, it’s one of my favourite spaces in the property. I especially like the exposed brick wall made from bricks that Darran salvaged when they were removed from the bedroom.
Also in the kitchen-diner is a seating area, with plenty of storage for books. This looks like my dream reading room, especially with its views onto the garden and pastel pink sofa.
The entire home is now full of cosy furnishings and packed with period features. Darren restored as much of the character features as possible and sourced original period pieces for the snug living room – the fireplace looks like it’s always been there, doesn’t it?
I was lucky enough to interview Darran for Reclaim magazine last year – in fact, you can still buy issue 59 online so pick up a print copy or download the digital edition if you’d like to see more photos of this stunning period home and hear the full story of the renovation.
Be sure to check out Darran’s blog Old Victorian New to see every stage of the renovation and for plenty of DIY inspiration and ‘How To’ posts.