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Renovation challenge: a rustic workshop in South London

Soaring volumes and open-plan spaces await inside this converted London workshop, which has the feel of a rustic rural barn that almost belies its industrial past.

The 1880s London property is in north Clapham and started life as a joinery. It retains its hardworking character but is now arranged as living quarters and studio space, with a mix of period and salvaged timber features.

Renovation challenge: a rustic converted workshop in South London
Photography: James Tarry

An expansive upper floor is topped with pitched ceilings crossed with two timber trusses. A full-length chimney breast draws the eye upwards while whitewashed brick walls, wooden floor planks and skylights exaggerate the volume.

Unique Property Company is marketing the converted workshop for £950,000 with an unusual possessory title (see more on what this means via the listing).

Renovation challenge: a rustic converted workshop in South London
Photography: James Tarry

Currently, its lower floor comprises an open-plan space that could easily be divided into two bedrooms and a shower room and a kitchen (with a reclaimed wooden door and a butler sink with a metal splashback).

In its 140-year history, the unique property has been a store for shoe polish manufacturer Blakey’s, the studio of a tool manufacturer, the head office of a family’s olive oil company, and more recently a yoga studio and a music recording studio. What could its next chapter hold in store?

Renovation challenge: a rustic converted workshop in South London
Photography: James Tarry
Renovation challenge: a rustic converted workshop in South London
Photography: James Tarry

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