Terraced House, South Kensington

No.39 is grade II listed and part of a handsome 19th Century square in a conservation area. Its restoration from separate flats to a single family house was carried out in three separate phases for the same client stretching over a period of fifteen years.  We had a close working relationship with her and the success of the project owes a great deal to her in-put.

Phase 1 (1986/7): Our clients owned only the basement/ground floor maisonette but were acquiring the flat above – the original first floor drawing room – and our brief was to re-order these three floors as a single unit: we inserted a new stair linking the ground and first floors, added a bathroom and conservatory and refitted the kitchen. We also restored the fine drawing room – happily, much of the original plasterwork and joinery had survived, hidden in casings and suspended ceilings, though both chimney pieces had been removed.

Phase 2 (1993/4): Our clients eventually bought the top three floors and asked us to re-order the whole building as a single family house: the main stair was restored, bathrooms inserted, original features repaired or reinstated, services renewed, the conservatory replaced. and the attic floor rebuilt and extended.

Phase 3 (1999/2000) covered general upgrading, a new hand-built kitchen and fitting out a new family room in the basement