A Timeless Chelsea Townhouse

We developed the design with the owners for a year before building works started, configuring all layouts, details,

specifications and searched for a contractor able to deliver the quality of craftsmanship required.

Importance was placed on the new orientation of the living spaces, to be directed to the private rear garden and not to the street.


Once construction works began the existing house was all but demolished except for the front façade,

part of the rear closet wing and some internal floor joists. The basement floor level was lowered

and the roof line was raised to add a new fourth floor as per the other houses along the terrace.

The Library

with its wood burning fireplace is the clients’ favorite room.

The bookshelves are exquisitely built and are detailed

down to the finest groove and mechanism.

Adjustable reading lights with paper shades are fixed to the shelving

uprights to give directional and atmospheric lighting.

Seating within the window bay or in front of the fire makes for

a wonderul reading experience.

The architecture

of the new bespoke conservatory as a traditional English

greenhouse complements the functional yet comfortable feel of the kitchen.

A large informal kitchen table will truly be the heart of the home where one

can work, relax, entertain and dine.

A bespoke dressing room

was created connecting the master bedroom to the en-suite bathroom.

A juliet balcony at the end of the room brings light and air into the space.

The wardrobe door panels were sourced through an auction house selling

the contents of a well known English country house.

These were then repaired, and the joinery was designed around them.

Low level drawers are built into the skirting boards and floor to

ceiling wardrobe spaces maximise the available storage.

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Double marble shower

with long bench to the rear and nickel finished

Drummonds shower valves add that comfortable yet luxurious touch

to one of the guest en-suite bathrooms.

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A second en-suite bathroom

uses different antique marbles for the shower enclosure,

changing the atmosphere but retaining the common sense of comfort

and richness of material that permeates the house.

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The Garden

The owners carefully searched for the right mature trees

and had them craned from the street over the terrace rooftops

into prepared planting holes. A lawn was laid out in conjunction with

antique yorkstone slabs we selected from a local dealer in salvaged materials.

A clever mix of planting was planned across all areas to give the garden

that age old feel as if it has existed all along and not been recently established.