This is the kind of project architects and interior designers long for: a complete renovation to really get the most out of a building. In this case, the carte blanche was such that the only things staying in their original place were the front door and the floors. Everything else was a blank slate for our designers and architects to get their hands on and create the home our client wanted.
The brief was awe-inspiring: create a four-bedroom house with an open-plan living and dining area, four ensuites, a cinema room, and a terrace over four floors of prime central real estate. Given the location in affluent SW1, the client demanded the highest spec furnishings and careful design, with home automation and luxurious materials across the entire house.
Onto the ground floor, there was to be an impressive marbled entrance hallway that led into a spacious living and dining area that took up the whole of the floor. The living area consisted of comfortable seating around a coffee table oriented towards a large wall-mounted television, while the corner kitchen is sleek and compact, with a black marble dining table made to order.
Upstairs, on the first and second floors, moving the staircase had provided ample space for two double bedrooms each, for a total of four bedrooms with their respective ensuites and plenty of storage. As a complement to the new proportions, all the bedrooms were furnished with 40-inch televisions and integrated Dolby speakers for the highest level of comfort. On the top floor, there was a spacious 35sqm terrace that made a better use of the existing area, and included a sliding rooflight to ensure that light could enter the stairwell.
On the lower ground floor we installed a laundry and plant room to service the entire house, as well as a water closet and a spacious, luxuriously appointed cinema room with an impressive 55-inch screen, a projector and Dolby stereo speakers integrated into the ceiling, as well as the requisite large, comfortable sofa and well-stocked mini bar.
As the staircase had taken up a large section of the floor plan in the previous layout, we decided to maximise the space available by creating a compact staircase in the corner of the house that ran from the lower ground floor up to the roof terrace over four floors. To maintain the overall look of the house, it was handmade from oak and glass, to ensure that the the light from the adjacent window could illuminate the adjacent rooms and hallways.