A London house that combines the best of the old and new.
Lund's team of contractors and professionals renovated this period
house, situated in one of London's exclusive squares, over a period
of eighteen months which included six months of planning and design.
It is now a superb residence that mixes the best elements of traditional
elegance with spectacular contemporary design in the newly-built
hard to believe now that the house was once a building site consisting
of open floor joists and bare walls. The first problem to be overcome
were the sagging upper floors, a common problem in older houses.
This was solved by using acroprops, which were gradually screwed
so that the floors were gently returned to their original levels.
Then steel RSJs were put across the headers of every opening to
support the floor at its new level. Another issue faced at the design
stage was what to do with the rear extension that was formerly the
ballroom but had declined into an unused area with a gloomy subterranean
atmosphere. Jacquie's design team replaced it with a double-height
atrium conservatory that provides a highly contemporary space behind
this otherwise traditionally styled house.
hall links with newly created openings the dining room, the kitchen
and the top deck of the conservatory. The dining room has stretched
fabric-lined walls and built-in cabinets with doors featuring traditional
landscape paintings. The cabinets all have sliding drawers for ease
of access, one of them with a pullout wine rack. A specialist paint
finisher carried out the marbling on the cabinet tops and the wooden
floors are from Campbell Marson with stenciling applied in a leaf
pattern. This gem of a room also features a collection of portraits
on the walls - these are not of the owner's family as one might
expect but have been chosen for the character of their expressions.
"When the owners have friends round for dinner and the conversation
turns to the pictures, everyone selects their favourite - which
can be quite revealing!" laughs Jacquie.
kitchen with unusual wood block pattern cabinet doors inspired
by the interior designer John Byrom's frequent visits to Thailand.
airy kitchen is totally unique to the house and has specially designed
cabinet doors with thin wood blocks applied to them in a pattern
to create an unusual look. The worktops are in marble and the cooking
appliances by Gaggenau, the fridge freezer is by SubZero and was
obtained from The American Appliance Centre.
kitchen opens onto the atrium, designed by Christian Stocker, with
its teak deck walkway and mezzanine breakfast table area supported
by steel pillars. A steel staircase with stretched wire railings
leads down to the floor level. Here the walls are unusual, being
of polished plaster with silver and gold dust mixed in, and in pride
of place there is a games table commissioned from David Linley with
a reversible baize tabletop and inner recess for storage. A feature
of the atrium is the clock with a world map etched into the glass
and three time zones on display, one for London, one for America
where the owners' children were at school and one for France where
they also have a house. On this lower floor in the main part of
the house is the family TV room and the owner's study with his collection
of antique lighting devices and 'treen' old wood and ironwork candleholders.
The atrium opens onto a courtyard garden with ivy-clad walls and
a small waterfall pouring into a pool.
games table specially commissioned from David Linley.
well-proportioned first floor drawing room has a pair of tall windows
offering wonderful views of the private square's gardens. The room,
decorated in sunny yellow tones, retains its English atmosphere
but also has a Continental feel with French and Italian furniture.
"We use a lot of yellow in London for its brightening properties"
says Jacquie, always ready to pass on a tip from her long experience
of working with interior designers.
antique French armoire has a custom-made removable interior
that carefully slots in so preserving the value of this antique
house's principal bedroom has a fresh pistachio coloured paint effect
on the walls and pictures of antique urns. The wardrobes have interiors
made to measure for the precise length of the owner's shirts, jackets
and other items of clothing. The ensuite bathroom has an antique-style
bath from CP Hart, Czech and Speake bath/shower mixer in nickel,
marble worktops and archtop heated towel rails. Unusually the shower
has Vitrolite panels, rather than tiling, which Jacquie says "being
glass is difficult to install, but is brilliant for cleaning as
you can just wipe it down."
taking on a project of this magnitude is not for the faint-hearted,
but there were advantages in starting from scratch. "We literally
had a blank canvas," says Jacquie, "so we were able to
plan the house precisely to the individual needs of the owners."
employed a team of eighteen professionals from architects to kitchen
designers and, in addition to the building contractor, employed
more than forty specialist subcontractors. As she also had to obtain
six planning and building consents it was important that Jacquie
was able to keep on top of the organisation. "You have to get
all the pieces in place before embarking on a job like this"
says Jacquie, "and you need to make sure that you carry out
all the steps in their proper sequence or you could be in for time
and cost over-runs."
result is a home designed for luxurious modern living where the
owners can enjoy traditional comfort and elegance in the period
part of the house, complemented by the spectacular atrium for bright
is available for consultation on similar renovations where she can
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entrance hallway leading to the diningroom, kitchen and atrium.
dining room with portrait collection.
rear atrium with breakfast table area.
period drawing room.
principal bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
Daley of Taylor Williams Daley
020 7924 4114
and Special Effects paintwork:
020 7722 9771
Ireland Landscape Design
020 8293 0799
American Appliance Centre
flooring by Campbell
Marson 020 8879 1909.
by Tim Page Carpets
020 7349 8835
020 7232 5300
020 8874 2101
020 7352 1824
020 7971 1711
020 7731 4135
020 7730 7300
from CP Hart
by Czech and