A complete refurbishment of a mews house
Mews House Renovation
The previous aesthetics of this mews house, situated in a charming part of Belgravia, did no justice to the beauty of its location. Despite its comfortable square footage, the layout seemed cramped and didn’t make best use of the ample windows. The bland and dated palette of cream and beige made it seem tired and charmless. The spacious burgundy room on the lower ground floor seemed to have no particular function bar storage, and on the ground floor, the kitchen and dining area and living area were separated, making them both feel unnecessarily small for the dimensions of the house.
On the two upper floors, some of the bedrooms were well-proportioned, but there was one particularly small room that made no sense to retain. Likewise, the bathrooms were rather oversized in comparison due to their location being dictated by the central stairwell. An angled skylight leading to a terrace was positioned about the bedrooms but the awkward placement of the stairwell made it difficult to access.
As project architects and interior designers specialising in luxurious home refurbishment and interior design projects, a complete mews house renovation and remodelling project is a dream concept to be involved with. In this case, we were given carte blanche as the only original features our clients wanted to remain as is were the front door and floors but everything else was a blank slate.
Our brief was inspiring and inspirational: to create a four ensuite bedroom luxury home, with an open-plan living and dining area, a cinema room and a 35sqm terrace over four floors of prime central London real estate. Given the affluent location, our clients expected exceptionally high spec furnishings, meticulous design, high tech home automation systems and luxurious materials and interiors throughout.
As the original staircase previously took up a large area of the floor plan, we decided to maximise the space by creating a compact corner staircase running from the lower ground floor all the way up to the roof terrace. Handmade from oak and glass, this ensured that light from the window illuminated the adjacent rooms and hallways.
We installed a lower ground 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 integrated Dolby stereo ceiling speakers, as well as an expansive, comfortable sofa and well-stocked minibar.
On the ground floor, we designed an impressive marble entrance hallway leading into a spacious living and dining area that took up the whole of the floor. The plush and comfortable living room was oriented towards a large wall-mounted television, while the sleek and compact corner kitchen included a black custom made marble dining table.
On the first and second floors, moving the staircase provided ample space to create two double bedrooms, for a total of four ensuite bedrooms and plenty of storage space. All the bedrooms were furnished with 40-inch televisions and integrated Dolby speakers for the highest level of comfort and entertainment.
All previous fittings were ripped out and the entire house was rewired to integrate adjustable lighting controlled via dimmer switches and suspended ceiling LEDs for a soft welcoming ambience. With underfloor heating throughout and automatic privacy blinds, the house was heavily soundproofed so the integrated Dolby stereo system could be used throughout the house and then amplified to great effect in the basement cinema room/bar.
Paring the house back to its basic structure allowed us to rise to the challenge of complete renovation to create an innovative and exceptionally luxurious home for our discerning clients.
Urbanist Architecture is a London-based RIBA chartered architecture and planning practice with offices in Greenwich and Belgravia. We are on a mission to unlock the hidden potential of your site and deliver you a successful transformational change.