Deconversion Of Flats To House Design, A Victorian Family Home Transformed

Our clients in Harrogate commissioned our team to return converted flats to an impressive Victoria home. This flats-to-house project transformation saw the previously converted three flats back into an impressive family home. Originally built as a Victorian family home, the property had been converted into multiple flats over the years and lost some original features. Our design obstacles were to restore the splendour whilst eliminating non-characterful additions such as a concrete external staircase and large areas of car parking in the gardens.

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Conversion Of Flats To House - Open Plan Concept Design

With this conversion of flats to a house, the primary design feature began with unlocking a multi-functional living area with an open-plan kitchen and an expansive dining and entertaining space, complete with aluminium bifolding doors that unlock the restored landscaped gardens beyond. To bring in sunlight and enhance the open concept flow, we designed a feature roof lantern. Then, our architects conceived a boot room and utility for functionality and minimal mess for a family home.

Victorian House Conversion In Yorkshire

We had to begin from the core of the building to erase the separation caused by the apartments. A flat to house metamorphosis that was achieved through a new feature oak staircase that ascended all 4 storeys. The new elegant wooden staircase finished with a stain-free carpet runner, retained the character of the original Victorian home and became the centre of the deconversion of flats back into an impressive family home.

Inspired Interior Design For A Victorian Home

This stunning Victorian property was designed for a family of five with a timeless yet modern style – a family that fearlessly embraces a life filled with colour and vibrancy. Light and airy, whilst paying homage to the property’s Victorian heritage, was the look the client desired – they achieved this through cool, bright white across their walls, decorative covings and skirtings. To add interest and fun to a family space, the client decided on bold golden ochre accent walls, a chestnut-toned Geometric feature light, and modern soft furnishings, drawing on classic greens from the Victorian era.

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Converting Flats Back To A House In North Yorkshire - Design Challenges

Throughout the project, we faced several significant challenges. Firstly, in our design for converting flats back to a house, we had to undo the previous alterations made to the property. Next, we had to ensure that we preserved and enhanced the house’s original character. Moreover, the apartments had structural barriers which caused a segmented flow. Our design had to overcome these issues and transform the property into a modern and well-lit family home with a seamless flow between floors. To achieve this, our architects and construction teams collaborated closely to overcome the challenges posed by the project. Scroll down to see more in our gallery below.

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Converting Flats Back Into A House Planning Permission

Do you need planning permission to convert flats into a house?

Although planning permission is not always required for external works where there is no change of use, The 1990 Town and Country Planning Act considers turning a house into flats as a change of use. However, new rules under the ‘permitted development right’ may mean your project could be exempt – in cases where the external appearance of your building remains unchanged. Furthermore, rules on converting flats into houses can vary depending on your local authority, property heritage, and whether you are in a conservation area. If you are uncertain about amalgamated houses (the amalgamation of flats into a single house), consult a local architect.

Amalgamated House Building Regulations

Building control approval is always necessary for property conversions regardless of planning requirements.

For this impressive project, our client required planning permission. We helped our client secure full planning approval and building regulations consent for converting flats into a single dwelling and adding a rear extension.

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  • “We couldn’t be more delighted with the results. It has felt like home from the very first moment and the opportunity to properly design every room has meant that we have a house that really functions for our family now and has flexibility for the future.”

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