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Onslow Gardens

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A first and second floor maisonette within a Listed building in central London was transformed from a ubiquitous rental property into a unique family home.

The limited area available to fulfil the client’s brief meant that every space had to be designed as efficiently as possible, often taking millimetres into account in the design and construction process.

The existing rise of the stair had been very steep, its starting point located in an awkward position within the existing entry, and the wc beneath the stair was the first space one was aware of when entering the home.

A new stair, clad in oak above and below was considered as a sculptural installation providing a focal point to the house. Its quarter landings offer different vantage points from which to view the home as well as improving its ergonomics and allowing for the introduction of varied lighting effects.

Materials such as Chevron oak flooring, Calacatta marble and Portuguese limestones complement both the intricacy of the period and simplicity of the modern detailing. Newly landscaped terraces with aged Olive trees and Iroko trellises provide a visual extension of the house. The clarity of design together with the ‘memory’ of materials throughout has helped to create a home that feels seamless to its owners.

Photography David Butler