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BELGRAVIA MEWS HOUSE, LONDON
Tuesday 22 Nov 2011
The conversion of a conventional 2 bedroom mews building on the prestigious Grosvenor Estate in central London... A challenging project to transform the interior architecture of a very tired 120sqm property into a luxurious, spacious and contemporary 3 bedroom 270sqm haven...
From an originally cramped, gloomy and uninviting mews house, CarterTyberghein was appointed by a private client not only to create a generous, light-filled and sophisticated home but to include modern audio visual systems, specialist lighting and air conditioning throughout. Every detail, down to the last piece of furniture, artwork and accessory was carefully selected or custom designed to create a comfortable and relaxing contemporary home in the middle of a buzzing city.
In order to achieve a much needed sense of scale and flow, and to accommodate the new services required, the property was entirely demolished retaining only the facade, two basements were excavated and the upper floors designed anew. The staircase wrapped around a textured plaster wall forming the new core of the building. Neutral toned pre-engineered timber flooring was laid throughout to ensure a seamless contemporary interior whilst hand knotted silk rugs added warmth and luxury. Services were routed vertically to all floors from the first basement whilst the second provided staff areas.
At ground floor the generous hallway opened up onto an elegant open plan living room, dining room and kitchen newly flooded with natural light from the glazed floor of a patio above. Specialist built-in joinery and a bespoke fireplace were designed to integrate discreetly into the internal fabric of the building. The use of strategically placed architectural mirrors helped light to proliferate throughout the property and increase the feeling of open space.
On the first floor, a landing giving onto a new bright south-facing patio allowed some breathing space between the two generous bedrooms on this floor. White marbles, engineered stones and contemporary Italian fittings were used in the en-suite bathrooms which were deliberately designed to feel as though they were an extension of the bedrooms. The master bathroom on the second floor featured floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sunlit patio and a specialist hand-made glass mosaic floor was incorporated to bring a unique decorative element to compliment the individuality of the client.