A Spectacular House Renovation with Victorian Floor Tiles


A number of months in the past, we had been tagged in a lovely Victorian Floor Tile challenge on Social Media and we just couldn’t resist finding out far more about it! We cherished the use of sample and colourways and were being thrilled when Helen Barber, the homeowner, agreed to undertake a Q&A with us to drop some mild on her practical experience and enable our blog site audience with their potential Victorian Floor Tile tasks. Not only this, but we also caught up with Helen’s tiler, Mickey, to supply some perception into the set up of these intricate tiles.

Q. Please could you explain to us a little bit about you, where by you stay and how very long you’ve lived in your residence?

A. I are living in Harrogate North Yorkshire, initially from Manchester but relocated about 16 a long time back. The assets was bought in 2010.

Q. Tell us about your home, do you know when it was constructed? Does it have any intriguing history? What created you go for this style of home? 

A. The assets is a 4 mattress Victorian Town Residence, which was quite dated when it was bought! I like character residences and although the décor was quite dated and the dwelling wanted a large amount executing to it, I liked the strategy of restoring it and placing my personal mark on it. It experienced some wonderful characteristics like the original cornice in some rooms and a stain glass window in the hall. I beloved the dimension and heights of the rooms and how substantially place you get in these sorts of properties. Whilst it nevertheless experienced the initial cornice in places, every single area needed operate, it undoubtedly was a ‘doer upper’.

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When the household was in the beginning bought I always realized the corridor essential to be impressive and had usually admired hallways that had unique Victorian tiled floors. I promised myself that I would restore the corridor and make it glamorous – with the hope that buddies and household had been wowed when they walked in.  Hallways are generally the initially point that guests see so it should really, in one regard be the spot that impresses first. 


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The kitchen is also a location wherever household congregate, which is why we thought it would search pretty if the tiles went by means of from the hall into the kitchen, so we moved the kitchen into the previous dining home. This meant we could have the chimney as part of the kitchen and built the aged galley kitchen a lounge, exactly where we additional a smaller extension to create a dining residing region.