This substantial and characterful existing Victorian Terraced townhouse on Ladbroke Square, set within the heart of Notting Hill, was presented to the architect as two separate flats. The Brief required very careful reworking of the properties, to provide an entirely natural linkage internally. The properties had both been extensively altered in the past, post-War, as is typical of properties in this area.
The proposals included full re-servicing of the property, significant but careful layout alterations, a new Basement being created at the front and a new-build large rear glazed extension. The proposals resulted in attractively renovated, modern and practical large rooms. Previous inappropriate subdivisions were removed and opened up to create much larger, more airy rooms and family spaces.
Where appropriate, care was taken to reinstate many of the characterful original architectural features and while the building was not listed, it was treated as such for purposes of the refurbishment. Full underfloor heating was provided, complete electrical re-servicing undertaken and several other repairs and enhancements benefitted the overall result and character of the house. Arranged on two levels, the key goal of the design Team was to create a good family home for the long term. A huge improvement to the ‘flow’ of the house was achieved by the creation of the circulation, the extension and the basement structure. This work allowed for more generous spaces within the duplex flat.
The existing internal staircase was completely reworked. This was one of the trickiest design and structural problems to solve, but in the end an effortless blending was achieved. A contemporary, clean design allowed easy connections within the property and additional bedrooms were created.
The rear Garden Terrace was completely redesigned in conjunction with the rear Orangery extension to the house, with easy access from the Lower Ground Floor Family Sitting Room and Study.