Victorian Property Renovation, Bath

For this Victorian property renovation, we refurbished the house and grounds to create a stylish contemporary home.  Our client had lived in this house for many years and had seen it grow tired.  He wanted something comfortable but special and he embraced the challenge of a more avant garde interior design.

colourful dining room

I am delighted to provide this testimonial on the services of Nick Prescott from Style Within. He transformed my property from one showing years of neglect to an amazing contemporary home

Steve S, Fairfield Park, Bath

Dining Room Design

For a sense of drama, we chose dining chairs from one of our trusted suppliers and upholstered them with vivid fabrics.  For contrast the fabrics were teamed with gloss white furniture and a neutral backdrop.  To hide the music system, we installed loudspeakers, colour-matched to the walls.  The eye is then drawn to the beautiful, affordable artwork on the chimney breast, from one of our favourite artists. The electrician fitted subtle, ceiling-mounted LED wall washers to illuminate all the new paintings throughout the home.

dining table with colourful chairs

Living Room Design

We completely redecorated the living room and punctuated it with splashes of colour.  A startling orange floor lamp and orange gloss coffee table set the scene.  Our design set the new AV system in a bespoke gloss black cabinet.  Our supplier fitted the central cabinet door with speaker fabric to hide the centre speaker, and so create a uniform look to the unit.  We painted the fireplace to match the walls, flanked by two bespoke, illuminated alcove units.  Our AV specialist then installed a new satellite TV with surround sound and multi-room music system.  As a focal point, another of our artist’s paintings took centre stage above the fireplace, brought to life by the ceiling picture light.

modern living room in period property

Wide engineered oak floorboards flowed from the hall to the living room and dining room, creating a modern uniformity through the spaces. The floors were also insulated from beneath.


Our client had lived with just a ground floor bathroom and first floor WC.  Importantly, he wanted facilities with shower on the first floor, so we converted one bedroom into a hotel chic bathroom.  The previous ground floor room was turned into a utility space which now houses a new condensing boiler, washing machine and downstairs WC.  To account for the loss of one bedroom, we drew plans to convert the attic into a further bedroom. Our client decided to defer this work to phase 2.

Bathroom Installation

We fitted a large offset corner enclosure with concealed valve, fixed head rain shower and handset.  To one side, a contemporary freestanding bath overlooked by a dramatic modern painting created a spectacular focal point.  For privacy, we applied a window film depicting an old map of London to the the sash window.  An electric heating mat under vinyl tiles provided warmth underfoot, with feature lights fitted in the floor to light up the bath.

shower enclosure in bath

We then decorated and carpeted the other bedrooms and repaired the existing Victorian bedroom fireplace.

Exterior Work

Our contractor excavated the area immediately behind the house to provide wider access to the back garden.  He also built and rendered a new retaining wall and laid a new patio of anti-slip porcelain tiles.

new walkway being rendered

Up and down lights illuminate the new side path around the property to give a welcoming glow at night.  We also fitted additional lights in colourful planters on the patio to highlight new architectural plants.

Our contractor replaced the high level joinery with maintenance-free soffits, fascias and barge-boards.  From the ground you cannot tell the difference and everything now looks clean with the freshly painted sash windows, front door and new gate.  We also co-ordinated the planting of shrubs and trimming of hedges and bushes so the grounds appear well-kept and stylish.

Living Room Lighting

Our client now has a beautiful Victorian house with a contemporary interior design, and fresh exterior, welcoming to friends and relatives and bristling with utilities.