A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

International architecture and interiors practice Finkernagel Ross have completely reconfigured this Belgravia Mews House to create a bright, elegant, and space optimising family home. Mews houses were traditionally built in the late 19th century to stable horses with staff living above. Not house a family of four. So naturally they can throw up a lot of challenges for architects. But considered interior design has made for a warm, characterful home. One that is unique to the needs of the owners who split their time between Asia and London.

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A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

The transformation involved completely gutting the interior to maximise space and light within the existing building envelope. Moving the stairway (which now doubles as practical storage), to the middle of the house has created a central timber-clad spine. This acts as a division between the kitchen, dining area and separate living area, maximising available living space. Whilst also making it sociable and airy. The compact kitchen has the feel of a much larger home, allowing plenty of space for cooking and storage.

A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

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

A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

Contemporary finishes and modern, textured materials complete the transformation of the home.

A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

Oak joinery has been used throughout, creating a seamless translation from one room to the next, and adding warmth to an otherwise calm interior palette. Care and attention has also been paid to details such as bespoke joinery, and the interior of the house now does justice to the promise of the charming front facade. As a finishing touch, art has been carefully placed to draw the eye and add interest. Thoughtfully selected accessories give a finished look.

A Bright and Elegant Space-Optimising Mews House in London

From the peaceful, calm interiors of the home, the challenges faced in delivering this completely refurbished home now seem far removed from the finished house. 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.

Photographs by Anna Stathaki

 

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