Kensington & Chelsea

A bold proposal transforms a forgotten structure into a beautiful family home

The Clients at St. Quintin Avenue were busy executives with a young family. They wanted to transform the property they had bought in West London into their family home.

A Feasibility Study was undertaken to determine design options that would best suit their family’s needs and lifestyle. An analysis of the house condition also revealed that it was too sub-standard and the amount of repair work and tweaking of spaces required was not optimising the potential of the property at large and could even be cost prohibitive for the Client.

St Quintin Avenue is in a Conservation Area and required the proposed design to keep within its context of a neat row of Edwardian houses. The street elevation was retained, but despite being in a Conservation Area the bold proposal was made to demolish the rest of the existing property behind the façade. A strong case was made by us and not only did the project sail through Planning Approval, but it was also classified as a ‘New-Build’ which excluded the house from being liable to VAT, thus making great savings for the Client.

The new scheme accommodated the expansion required and a proposal of 5 bedrooms was made. Contemporary living called for the living / dining space to be generous and to be placed at the heart of the home. The ground floor became the node of family activity with the living / dining space extending almost seamlessly outwards to include the articulated hard landscaped garden at the rear, thus extending the area of play for the children while also lending itself to outdoor dining.

Dramatic skylights were introduced and the floor was lowered to achieve a greater floor to ceiling height and enhance the sense of space, while views extend right across from the entrance of the house to the rear of the garden.

Project Team:

Contractor: Bhuva Construction
Structural Engineer: Zussman Bear Partnership
Party Wall Surveyor: David Maycox & Co.
Measured Building Surveyor: Cad Surveys
Energy Consultant: Richard Pearce

Landscape Designer: Richard Mayfield
Interior Designer: Rodney Clift
Photographer: James Brittain

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