Chelsea Town House- London SW3

Client- Sara and Richard Faber

There was a tight time frame for this project as the clients were newlyweds expecting their first child. Though the study, formal rooms and bespoke bedrooms held provenance in the re-development it was extension at the rear that took our greatest focus and perhaps skill to orchestrate.

After a detailed set of drawings supplied by Diane Sieff, the interior designer who introduced me to the couple, the first requirement was to set up an area in the basement that would serve as a day room for the family; a central focus, a place that they could commune and find peace and recreation.This was defined by an open planned design around the kitchen space and area.

Construction wise this was very challenging, as the back wall of the house had to be removed and the spine wall or main backbone wall-wise had to be removed. I appointed CDS, a firm of structural engineers to find the solution to support the building above while maintaining the spacial aspect desired by the client. A steel frame had to be concealed and put into place.

This once completed fulfilled not only the brief but also allowed a sufficient amount of natural daylight to illuminate the day room and de clutter an otherwise oversubscribed living area.
Immediately we followed this by building a frameless glass box onto the back, at the same time extending and cutting into the garden in order to maximise the floor space for the client.

This process wasn’t easy to achieve as the gradient of the steps at the rear had to be built at gentle incline in order to optimise the path from the play room to kitchen area and into the garden and to present itself to the children in an easily accessible manner.

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