Workshop conversions and coach houses - six of the best

Workshop conversions and coach houses – six of the best

Coach house conversion Deptford industrial kitchen
Paul Travers

Paul Travers

Our pick of London’s best workshop conversions and coach houses for interior inspiration and a glimpse inside these unique homes.

We’ve all become accustomed to London’s warehouses and factories hogging the limelight of loft-living in the capital. The streetscapes of Clerkenwell, Shoreditch, Wapping and Bermondsey are packed with high-profile mammoths that define those neighbourhoods. But beavering away in the inner cities and suburbia was a whole other world of industry.

Armies of small independent business owners were hard at work while hiding in plain sight. Blacksmiths, carpenters, mechanics,  stablehands: all manner of repairers and makers tucked behind high streets, stations, and Victorian terraces.

With warehouses and factories, you already know what you’re going to get. But when it comes to workshop conversions and coach houses, all bets are off.

 

WHAT MAKES WORKSHOP CONVERSIONS SPECIAL?

Individuality reigns with workshops conversions and coach houses, mainly because of their size. They’re generally converted into a single home; maybe a duo or trio. And it’s that small-scale nature that frees them from the formulaic approach of national housebuilders. Workshop conversions are often undertaken by the eventual resident – usually an eccentric with an impossible vision of their domestic dream!

When they’re a commercial project, the developer is usually an architecture fanatic who desires to do full justice to the building. Often sacrificing profit to achieve a remarkable result, they’d have the accountants of a corporate developer shaking their heads in sorrow at Excel spreadsheets.

The upshot is that workshop conversions and coach houses are among London’s most intriguing, charming and secret unique living spaces. True one-offs created by people who thankfully didn’t know better, brimming with tales of unexpected discoveries, unbudgeted delays and narrowly avoided disasters. For us, these adventures are what property is all about: personality, surprise and passion.

So let’s take a look at some of our favourite workshop conversions and coach houses in London!

 

COACH HOUSE CONVERSION IN DEPTFORD, SE8

Currently for sale, this gorgeous conversion of a former coach house is a bold display of rugged industrial opulence. The building is thought to predate all the neighbouring Victorian homes and is one of London’s pioneering urban living spaces. Way ahead of the 1990s loft explosion, the first people to make it their home took up residence in the 1970s.

kitchen diner at alloa road for sale showing large skylight

A heady combination of high-quality designer fittings and contemporary interventions sit alongside the original exposed fabric of the building to create a unique, raw and elegant atmosphere. Two bedrooms, a big open plan living space, a useful studio and an internal courtyard all await.

Coach house conversion Deptford

The coach house is for sale at £810,000.  Click here to view the full description, image gallery, video tour and floorplans.

 

TOOL-MAKING WORKSHOP CONVERSION IN WALTHAMSTOW, E17

This one-bedroom open-plan home is coming up for sale very soon and is surrounded by the gardens of the neighbouring houses. Tucked away behind Victorian terraces just south of Walthamstow Central station and Walthamstow Village, you’d never know it was there. That makes it one of the most secretive workshop conversions we’ve encountered: the perfect place to hide away in plain sight!

The house has an off-street parking space, and there’s potential to increase the size of the accommodation. What would you add here? A slice of daring contemporary design or a natural extension to the existing building?

Workshop conversion in Walthamstow E17

Coming up for sale very soon at £650,000 – click here to be first to know about it!

 

WORKSHOP CONVERSIONS IN HITHER GREEN, SE13

This conversion of a carpentry workshop in a large courtyard will soon become three apartments just a few minutes’ walk from Hither Green station. The building is part of a boutique development of the site that includes a terrace of five unique mews houses.

Workshop conversion in Hither Green SE13

The workshop conversion consists of a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor and a pair of one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor. Each has a private entrance into the courtyard.

All of the apartments have been pre-sold: £400,000 for each of the one-beds, and £550,000 for the two-bed. A local architect bought one to live in, while an investor snapped up the other two to rent out.

Hither Green has become Lewisham’s leafy creative corner with its cute scene of artisan cafes and shops, not to mention its surprisingly excellent transport. Getting into town is a breeze, with fast trains to London Bridge (9 mins), Waterloo East (15 mins) and Charing Cross (19 mins) and Cannon Street (20 mins). The station is also one stop from Lewisham for a swift change to the DLR for Canary Wharf and two stops from New Cross for Overground connections to Shoreditch and the City Fringe.

Click here to read more about the apartments and workshop conversion.

 

ALSO, IN THE SAME COURTYARD…

In the same courtyard, we’re selling five newly-built London mews houses inspired by the architecture of Victorian workshops and factories.

Newly built London mews house in Hither Green SE13

Each house is unique, and the interiors fuse sleek contemporary design with a soft industrial aesthetic. Think hidden terraces, airy open-plan living spaces, double-height voids and massive windows.

Newly built London mews house in Hither Green SE13

Click here to view the image gallery and floor plans of the mews houses, with prices from £575,000 – £925,000

 

WORKSHOP CONVERSIONS IN BRIXTON, SW2

We’ve been lucky enough to sell and let several homes at The Lightworks, just off Brixton Hill. Lightbulbs were made here, and this ravishing red-brick beauty retains its gorgeous grittiness and is halfway in size between a workshop and a full-on factory. You get a tangible sense of that industrial past.

Much bigger than your average car mechanics, the building was converted into a striking mews of eight live-work houses in the early 2000s. They’re all arranged over three storeys, with floor areas between 1500 and 2000 sq ft.

The Lightworks factory and workshop conversion Brixton SW9

The Lightworks was one of South London’s first proper loft developments when urban living expanded from the City Fringe to the inner cities. It’s a total hidden gem, and we can’t wait to launch another home here in the not-too-distant future.

Click here to drop us a line if you’d like to know when it becomes available.

 

BAKELITE WORKSHOP CONVERSION IN BLACKHEATH, SE3

It was such a delight to sell this former Bakelite factory in Blackheath – the most unassuming entrant in our collection of workshop conversions! From the street, it’s little more than a bare brick wall, but so much more awaits.

Workshop conversion in Blackheath

Step through the gate, and you feel like you’ve entered a secret little world. Every room looks onto a wonderfully secluded garden, with a circular bay filling the living room with light.

The location is also an absolute dream. Directly opposite the elevated plateau of Blackheath, the house is just along the street from Blackheath Village. Here you’ll find a fiercely independent scene of shops and cafes, not to mention one of London’s friendliest farmer’s markets.

Click here to see the original listing.

 

RUGGED WORKSHOP CONVERSION IN CLAPHAM, SW9

Nestled among the Victorian terraces between Clapham North and Brixton, this double-height building once produced Blakeys. Don’t know what they are? They’re the metal shoe protectors the military uses to save the soles and heels of its boots.

Workshop conversion in Clapham SW9

When the owner invited us to sell the property, we fell in love with how much heritage he’d preserved. His ruggedly beautiful light-touch refurbishment hit the nail right on the head. We loved the chunky timber floors, painted brick walls and retention of the old loading doors. Perfect if you like your workshop conversions to flaunt some warehouse-style.

Workshop conversion Clapham SW9

The upper floor is particularly dramatic, with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers delivering well on that quintessential loft-living experience. You’ll know just what we mean if you remember the Halifax card cash advert from the 1980s.

Click here to view the original listing.

 

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