Kensington Mews House, London.
This project was a technical challenge. The starting point was simple, to amalgamate two mews houses into one and create a modern generous family home full of character and a generous provision of space. However, each mews house had different floor levels, they were both structurally unstable and they were in a Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) conservation area. This project was for a developer, so the programme was tight and the budget even tighter.
We maximised the amount of work we could do between offer and exchange and were ready to start construction by the time the purchase of the building was completed. The party wall between the two houses and the shared chimney stack was removed, the ground floor was fully opened up and the small mews garden refurbished to create an outside room that presented directly to the kitchen. The upper floors accommodated a generous master suite with bedroom, private living space, dressing area and en suite bathroom and three further bedrooms with en suites. The loft level became a large study and guest space, served by an offset stair that used little floor space and felt more like furniture than a humble staircase.
The project includes bespoke timber doors and windows, hand-made furniture and programmable lighting throughout. The exterior was refurbished and finished to blend with the mews, the interior feels like a tailored suite, bespoke, beautifully finished, just right.
The project was constructed by Scotscape Limited and Rafter Properties and completed in 2005.