What was once a peaceful village outside London has turned into a large, fairly wealthy residential area. The development of Wimbledon Station in 1838 begun the demand for housing and redevelopment in the town centre, which significantly changed the architecture of Wimbledon.
The nineteenth century saw an explosive growth in population from under 2,000 in 1831 to 55,000 in 1911 as new transport and communications systems brought Wimbledon so much closer to London. To cope with this population new housing developments sprung up everywhere, often sweeping away much of the area's rich heritage.
In conjunction with the industrial revolution, which saw a migration of workers from the countryside to the city, Wimbledon became a popular choice for those looking for the best of both countryside and city living. This still remains part of the draw to the area, as although being only a hop, skip and a jump away from central London, Wimbledon is surrounded by large green spaces, including Wimbledon Common and Wimbledon Park.
As the demand to live in such beautiful surroundings so close to London, homeowners are leaning towards extending their homes. Whether they're extending up into the roof, outwards into the garden or downwards into the basement, gaining extra space is becoming a necessity amongst Wimbledonians.
Extending old buildings such as Victorian and Edwardian can produce breath-taking results, particularly where classic old meets modern chic. We're talking old brick against glass walls, Victorian staircases leading to modern loft conversions, and decrepit outbuildings turned into state-of-the-art sheds and offices.
Local architect Keith Malone of Malone Architecture has lived in Wimbledon for many years now and has become very familiar with its buildings. With many years of experience under his belt, Keith has been able to transform buildings into practical yet stunning places to live and call home. From designing new homes from scratch, to knocking down a wall, Malone Architecture can do it all.
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