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Internal view of new kitchen island with white worktops

a victorian marvel

A transformation from tired old house to period palace


From the glimmer of an idea to the stroke of a pencil, the first turn of a door handle to the flickering of a smile across a face, at Marraum we bring more to your space – and take your story beyond its walls.

And we begin with you. Because at the heart of each architecture project – studio spaces, private loft conversions, commercial builds or building that dream home – are the people who use it.

They’re the yawns that stretch to eye-widening views in the morning. They’re the feet feeling cool concrete underfoot. They’re the eyes looking for inspiration at their desks. And the shoulders that hunker down in the evening. These are the people whose surroundings bring more to each and every experience.

With years of architecture and design experience in both Cornwall and further afield – paired with aesthetic drive, strong ethics and constant curiosity – we know how to make space work harder for you.So from beginning, middle and end – discover how you can bring your own story of space to life.


Built in 1880, this impressive row of double-fronted Victorian beauties includes some of the finest period townhouses in Falmouth. 

But whilst the front exterior was still stunning, this particular house was in very poor condition at the rear when we first visited - suffering from neglect and an unsympathetic conversion thirty or forty years ago. 

An upstairs leak had led to a poorly constructed false ceiling downstairs, restricting light and detracting from the beautiful Victorian features

Type:  Extension to Grade II listed building
Location:  Falmouth, Cornwall
Status:  Complete
Contractor:  Jewell Construction


The brief was to create a mix of modern and traditional, opening up the full beauty of the spaces again and marrying the new extension with the Victorian detailing in the house. 

We worked within the constraints of this being a listed building, liaising with planning and renovating sympathetically, whilst giving the client elegant new spaces to live in.

front elevation of a grand victorian terrace property


Opening up the front door and being able to see right through to the back garden when you walk in lets the light flood through, creating an enviable beginning. 
Extending the rear of the property by removing the tired conservatory and reworking the space to create a modern kitchen, snug and dining space has given the family more space to live. The false ceiling had to go and additional windows and skylights now punch even more light into the rooms.
Upstairs the single bathroom has been reconfigured to allow the addition of a master bedroom ensuite behind.
free standing bath surrounded in plants
living room with large corner sofa and lots of plants

"We enjoyed this project so much, we are now working on another project with Vanessa and Donny" 


From dank and dreary this property has been transformed into a beautiful and spacious period home, drawing inspiration from the elegance and quality of the front exterior and reception rooms. 

The client has finished the spaces with a nod to the industrial and maritime past that’s tied in with Falmouth and their home.

Internal view of new kitchen with white worktops