Two adjoining 6 storey terrace houses in the Courtfield conservation area were transformed into 5 lateral apartments (of which two are duplex) for the members of one family. An additional floor was installed across the two properties to create a stunning penthouse, in all the project was well over 10,000 square feet. The two houses were formally single apartments per floor so the key to the success of each apartment was planning the space to maximize the living areas and minimize the circulation space.
The client required a lift to be installed to all apartments terminating on the fifth floor, at this point a smaller private lift was installed within the penthouse duplex to access the top floor within their own domain.
The penthouse benefits from great views across London. The full width open plan layout on the top floor has an internal garden space with a sliding glass roof. The area is zoned for kitchen, dining and living areas with a study accessed via both the garden area and the living room and a snug area has been created by using a double-sided fireplace.
This was a large project for the private clients, the success was largely achieved as a consequence of the collaborative approach taken by both the client and the design team. The client was clear with their requirements so the brief was well defined and the design team were clear with the vision for the design in terms of space and the level of finish for the joinery and interiors. The trust between the two parties meant a seamless development of the project from concept to completion, it also meant that there were no changes once in the construction phase and this helped with both costs and timeframes.