Property Spotlight: The not-so-Ugly House
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From the outside, this inconspicuous house in Kensal Rise isn’t one you’d double-take at. You wouldn’t think it’s any different from its neighbours. But how wrong you’d be.

The exterior of this Thirties terraced home in North London has remained the same but the interior is awe-inspiring. Full of light and reclaimed materials, architect to the stars, Andy Martin, has created every interior designer’s dream.

Walking through the front door, you’re greeted by the open plan ground floor. Looking through, you can see the south-facing, serene garden, smart swimming pool, grass-topped studio and sauna.

The ground floor is bright, contemporary and perfect for family living. You’ll immediately notice the black-painted, wooden feature wall behind the wood-burning stove which is made up of the property’s original floorboards. The kitchen is lined with second-hand steel units, wooden shelves and a white marble countertop.

The floor-to-ceiling doors at the end of the kitchen bring the outside in beautifully. Making this the perfect entertaining space throughout the summer months. Or even the winter months if you fancy a dip in the heated pool.

The first floor is home to three bedrooms. All flooded with light, the bedrooms offer a simple design and share a bright white bathroom.

The converted attic is now a bright master suite. With an egg bath under the window, this is the perfect sanctuary at the end of a busy day. Ample storage and an entirely glass-walled en-suite complete the master bedroom.

The result is an effortlessly-chic family home in an area renowned for its quick transport links into the city and beyond.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, when asked why this house, Andy Martin said, “[Thirties houses] have good, roomy proportions that are easier to work with, fewer chimney breasts, and good ceiling heights. This one was south-facing. It was a no-brainer.”

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