Victorian Railway CarriageScandinavian Exterior, London
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6. Train Car’s Final Stop in the UKWhat it is: A disused rail carLocation: Dungeness, Kent County, EnglandWho lives here: Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of interior design company Mini ModernsIt takes a certain vision to see the potential in an old rail car, but interior designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire had the skills and energy to transform this unloved space into a light, bright and fun seaside home. “This space had been divided into two rooms when we first saw the house,” Stephenson says. “You couldn’t look right along the beach like you can now.” Builders worked for about six months to redo the space, sandblasting tar off the floors and lead paint off the walls and installing new plumbing and heating.
The home is one of about two dozen in Dungeness converted from railway carriages. “It’s basically just a series of little wooden structures fitted together and sat on the beach,” Hampshire says. The lantern roof was used by the conductor to look down the line. Now fully restored, it floods the core of the house with light.The duo painted the home a smart black. Many of the homes on Dungeness wear this striking color. “The winters are harsh and there’s always a wind, so the exterior takes a beating,” Stephenson says. “You need to totally repaint about every other year.”More: Look Beyond the House to Find a HomeBrowse more homes by style:Small Homes | Colorful Homes | Eclectic Homes | Modern Homes | Contemporary Homes | Midcentury Homes | Ranch Homes | Traditional Homes | Barn Homes | Townhouses | Apartments | Lofts | Vacation Homes