\ Modern Georgian Architecture: Heritage Home Renovation

Willowbrook House

/ Oxfordshire
contemporary traditional cabinetry design HollandGreen Architects

A contemporary new chapter for a heritage home.

HollandGreen Founder Stephen Green’s renovation of a listed Georgian house blends sympathetic detailing and bold colours to uncover and celebrate the original architecture and features of the property. The result is a warm and characterful home, with a timeless sense of style.


modern design on traditional cabinetry design HollandGreen Architects

Stephen’s vision for the kitchen was to create a modern and fresh space that nonetheless honours the character and heritage of the Georgian property. Keeping the original Welsh slate floor and the bright yellow Esse stove, he designed a statement bespoke dresser with open shelving along the lines of a traditional apothecary. This he integrated with a modern take on Shaker-style cabinetry and dovetail drawers, all hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Emerald Green, which gives a connection to the garden and a sense of fun against the cooker. Below the Georgian window he designed a built-in window seat and storage in the same style, which overlooks his flower garden and together with the wooden table is the place to eat, relax and socialise.
Stephen Green in his kitchen
The window seat overlooking the garden & Victorian greenhouse

Stephen chose English bronze ironmongery by Corston for the cabinetry handles and a Perrin & Rowe brass tap for the sink in keeping with the character of the house, together with brass light switches and shelf brackets which further the aesthetic in a mix of contemporary and traditional. The kitchen is both boldly modern and as one could imagine when the house was originally built, the simplicity and light touch achieved through the consideration of detailing, fixtures and the use of colour, and how these come together.

Across the rest of the property there was structurally little to do, and as a listed property, no major alterations would have received planning consent. Stephen’s design approach was to restore and give space to the architectural features that were happily still in place - fireplaces and mantels, cornices, the original windows and shutters and the clawfoot bath. His use of colours, joinery, fittings and furniture come together to celebrate the Georgian architecture in a modern interpretation which brings a refined vibrancy but also a restfulness to each of the rooms.
Double-fronted Georgian townhouse Willowbrook

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