Old London house renovation with microcement. Colors: GR1, FL02 Rose Beige [photos]
Our clients like to use microcement for their renovations. They praise its versatility and ease of use.
Today we’d like to present the effect of the work of one of our British clients, who gradually renovates a terraced house in London and reports the renovation on Instagram – Steady Eddie Renovation.
Old house in a new version – a bit of history
The house that our client is renovating comes from the Edwardian era, i.e. the period in the history of Great Britain during the reign of King Edward VII – the son of Queen Victoria (1901-1910). The most typical buildings from those times were detached, semi-detached or terraced houses with a large garden and driveway, situated in the suburbs.
With the great social and political changes of the early 20th century, the Edwardian era perpetuated the idea of green suburban neighborhoods, seeking to provide beautiful, functional homes for all. The stuffy and cluttered interiors of Victorian houses were gone – and the new style was less formal and fresh.
Thus, unlike the smaller, darker Victorian houses, the Edwardian houses were squatter, wider and spacious, with larger corridors and more windows. The lounges often had windows at both ends, covered with a small sloping roof on the outside.
Edwardian houses are famous for ornamental decorative details such as floor tiles, stained glass and wood, as well as large rooms with high ceilings.
What are the main features of Edwardian-style houses?
- Houses built in a straight line
- Red brick
- Porch with wooden frames
- A wide corridor
- Parquet floors
- Wider, brighter rooms
- Simple interior
Old London house renovated with microcement – GR1 Light Gray and FL02 Rose Beige
Our client, deciding to thoroughly renovate the old house, was looking for modern and practical solutions in the interior. He needed a system that could be used on underfloor heating and that would create a uniform, minimalist surface without joints. Finally he put on a microcement floor throughout the house. In the kitchen, dining room and living room, he used the Festfloor Life system in the lightest shade of gray GR1. In turn, the walls in the bathroom in the shower were finished with a slightly warmer shade of FL02 Rose Beige (more info about microcement in the shower).
Decorative plaster imitating concrete was used on the walls and ceiling. Gray walls and floor create a neutral base for lamps and fittings in the color of old gold, renovated wooden furniture and a black simple kitchen (see how to combine wood and concrete). Thanks to large windows that overlook the garden, the interior is bright and cozy, and the microcement looks a bit different at any time of the day – the rays of the sun bring out its subtle beauty.