Sheen House – Family Home to a Working House
Exactly a year ago, I started renovating an old Victorian House into a working house studio and home. Not having owned a property or having done much DIY before, it was quiet a daunting task. After a year, I am happy to say that most of the work is completed and I am very pleased with the results at Sheen House. There were lots of sleepless nights but so far I am very happy with it!
The cramped old Victorian kitchen with an awkward utility room and adjoining study was turned into a bright, open space with large bi-fold patio doors to the garden. As I was on a tight budget, I combined new with old, and tried to salvage as much as I could. I kept the lovely butler sink, old faucets and the stove and built them into the glossy ikea cabinets, Although the kitchen was very basic, I splurged on the details, Fired Earth tiles and French ceramic lamp shades in mustard to add some colour. The sound proof skylights (we are on the Heathrow landing path!), rough concrete wall, stained white floor boards and a movable island made it a flexible and versatile living and shooting space.
Some photos of the renovation process below and photos from a recent shoots. My children’s fashion and food clients seem to like working in a more intimate space with access to several green spaces less then 5 minutes away. I have a feeling I will be shooting a lot more now and it is going to be a busy year!