Most people who take on a wreck of a house opt either to restore it to its period glory, or scoop out its innards and create a modern home. Tonja and Jez Scott decided to do both.
The couple, both 39, bought a beautiful but dilapidated Regency townhouse in an Islington square in 2007. They then embarked on an epic eight-year journey, during which time they also had two children — Taryn, now six, and Nathaniel, four — and ran their architectural practice, Scott Architects. They watched the property market peak, crash and resurrect itself around them.
From the doorstep the Scotts’ three-bedroom family home looks like a perfectly preserved period house, because the first phase of this project was a restoration of the above-ground level of the Grade II-listed property. “The house hadn’t been touched for about 80 years,” says Tonja. “It was in a very bad state, but