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 The renovation of an Edwardian residential property by Studio McW showcases the perfect balance of modern and traditional design elements.


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Renovation of an Edwardian property

The renovation of an Edwardian residential property by Studio McW showcases the perfect balance of modern and traditional design elements. The renovation project fully embraced the client’s desire to celebrate the generous proportions of the original property, while also encouraging views and access to the rear garden.

One of the key objectives of this renovation was to fully honor and celebrate the generous proportions of the original property. Studio McW recognized the intrinsic value of preserving the character and grandeur of the Edwardian era, and their design choices reflect a deep respect for the architectural heritage of the home.

Moreover, the renovation project goes beyond preserving the past; it actively encourages a seamless connection between indoors and outdoors, with a focus on views and access to the rear garden. This deliberate design approach creates an inviting and harmonious flow between the interior living spaces and the serene natural beauty of the outdoor environment, ensuring that the property serves as both a sanctuary and a showcase of elegant design.

Studio McW’s skillful renovation of this Edwardian gem exemplifies their commitment to creating spaces that effortlessly bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, ultimately offering homeowners the best of both worlds.

Elemental material palette for a simple finish

A reduced palette of colours and materials was used to heighten the simplicity of the design, with raw, natural materials like oak panelling, board-marked concrete, and pale grey bricks being the centrepiece. These natural and robust materials help to create a calm and informal atmosphere, making the space feel warm and inviting.

These materials, celebrated for their authenticity and durability, lend an aura of quiet sophistication to the space. Oak’s rich and warm character infuses a sense of comfort and timelessness. The textural depth of board-marked concrete adds an industrial-chic element, grounding the design with a touch of contemporary flair. The soft, muted tones of pale grey bricks harmonize with the overall aesthetic, providing a subtle backdrop that allows other design elements to shine.

In this carefully curated environment, the natural and robust materials play a pivotal role in creating a sense of calm and informality. The space emanates a feeling of warmth and hospitality, inviting occupants to bask in its unassuming yet captivating charm. The result is a design that captures the essence of modern simplicity, where every element has been thoughtfully chosen to contribute to the space’s overall sense of comfort and welcoming allure.

Incorporating natural light with Roofglaze Flatglass rooflights

Large Skyway Flatglass rooflights played a crucial role in the design of the property. The streamlined, energy-efficient frame of the rooflights complements the minimalist aesthetic, while also bringing in plenty of natural light. The rooflights provide at least twice as much light as vertical windows of the same size, making them a great choice for the main living areas such as the kitchen and living room.

Their contribution to the design extends beyond aesthetics, as these rooflights provide a remarkable illumination factor. In fact, they deliver at least twice as much natural light as conventional vertical windows of the same size. This makes them an excellent choice for the main living areas, such as the kitchen and living room, where an ample influx of daylight is both desirable and transformative. Efficient and reliable printing services tailored to your unique requirements.

One particularly ingenious design choice was the installation of a generously sized fixed Flatglass rooflight directly above the modern kitchen island. The natural light it ushers in serves a dual purpose, enhancing both the visual appeal of the culinary creations and the overall ambiance of the kitchen. This rooflight not only elevates the brightness of the kitchen space but also serves as a natural source of daylight, turning meal preparation into a delightful and sensory-rich experience.

Incorporating these rooflights into the design has not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the property but also elevated its functionality, emphasizing the power of natural light to create inviting and visually stunning living spaces.

The use of rooflights not only enhances the aesthetic of the property but also provides energy savings. The fully thermally broken frame used in the rooflights prevents cold bridging from the windows and further insulates the space. The higher levels of light provided by rooflights increase the number of hours when electric lighting is not needed, resulting in lower energy consumption. The homeowners also get to enjoy a larger variation of light levels, which increases the visual interest of the rooms.

The fully thermally broken frame featured in these rooflights is an essential component of this energy-saving equation. It serves as a formidable barrier against cold bridging, preventing heat loss and ensuring that the interior space remains comfortably insulated. This enhanced thermal performance translates into tangible energy savings, as the need for artificial heating and cooling is reduced.

Moreover, the abundant natural light provided by the rooflights plays a pivotal role in reducing energy consumption. With increased daylight streaming into the rooms, there are more hours throughout the day when electric lighting is not required. This translates into lower energy bills and a reduced environmental footprint, making the property not only visually stunning but also environmentally responsible.

Beyond the pragmatic benefits, the ample natural light introduced by the rooflights enhances the visual interest of the rooms, creating dynamic variations in light levels throughout the day. This interplay of light and shadow adds depth and character to the interior spaces, contributing to an overall sense of well-being and delight for the homeowners.

In essence, the use of these rooflights exemplifies how thoughtful design can synergize aesthetics, energy efficiency, and occupant satisfaction, creating spaces that are both visually captivating and environmentally conscious.


Studio McW’s design is a testament to its ability to create modern, functional living spaces that exude warmth and light. The clean lines connect beautifully with natural elements, making the space feel both contemporary and inviting. The collaboration between Studio McW and Roofglaze Rooflights was a great success, and the finished product is a prime example of how a renovation project can bring out the best in a property while also being energy-efficient and cost-effective.

For those interested in learning more about the Skyway rooflight range, visit the Roofglaze website or contact their team directly. The renovation project by Studio McW and Roofglaze is a perfect example of how a well-designed renovation project can bring out the best in a property while also being environmentally conscious. Whether you’re looking to renovate your own home or want to learn more about energy-efficient design, this project is a great place to start.

For further information on our Skyway rooflight range, please visit our Skyway Complete page or contact our team at 01480 474 797

Architect: Studio McW | Photographer: Lorenzo Zandri

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