Project: Belgravia mews house

Architect Finkernagel Ross reconfigured this Belgravia mews house to create a modern, space optimising family home. Let’s take the tour ….

The client for this Belgravia mews house project was a family of four who split their time between Asia and London. To create a characterful home, unique to the needs of the homeowners, Finkernagel Ross completely gutted the interior to maximise space and light.

Kitchen in mews home by Finkernagel Ross
View from the dining area to the kitchen

Moving the stairway, which now doubles as practical storage, to the middle of the house created a central timber-clad spine. This acts as a division between the kitchen, living and dining areas, maximising available space while providing for sociable, airy living. The compact kitchen has the feel of a much larger home, allowing plenty of space for cooking and storage.

Loft style bedroom
Loft style mezzanine beds leave floor space for the children.

Upstairs, the roof space was opened up, exposing the trusses to make the rooms feel larger and to allow light in through new roof windows. The childrens’ bedroom was cleverly designed to achieve maximum floor space for play by creating two loft-style beds at the mezzanine level while a pull-down bed is a nice touch for visiting guests.

Bespoke joinery
Bespoke joinery creates numerous storage solutions

Modern and textured materials complete the transformation of the home with oak joinery used throughout, creating a seamless translation from one room to the next and adding warmth to an otherwise calm interior palette. Art has been carefully placed to draw the eye and add interest while thoughtfully selected accessories give a finished look. The interior of the house now does justice to the promise of the charming facade.

Stairway in Belgravia mews house by Finkernagel Ross
The oak stairs now run up the middle of the house

The quality of the building fabric was also improved – a new roof, insulated render, double glazed windows and roof lights have brought the home up to modern standards while keeping the house within the character and aesthetic of Belgravia.

Belgravia mews house
The neat exterior in Belgravia

Finkernagel Ross worked with contractor Danlaw to deliver this design and build project. Beginning and ending in lockdown, with Brexit somewhere in between, and undertaken for a client on the other side of the world, this project was never going to be straightforward. But the result is a beautiful, considered home, which works perfectly for the unique needs of the homeowner.

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Photos: Anna Stathaki

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