Arts & Crafts Detached House in Belsize Park, North-West London,
planning permission : restoration : extensions : attic conversion
: bespoke furniture
We were commissioned to substantially extend, rearrange and remodel
this originally Arts & Crafts coach house in Belsize Park Conservation
Area. The house had very few original features preserved, with the
interiors dating back to the '60s and 70's, when it was substantially
We obtained planning permission for the front, rear and side extensions
and an attic conversion, which enlarged the original floor area
by over a third. The internal layout was completely rearranged,
with a new relocated staircase, new kitchen, utility, dining and
family areas. A new entrance lobby with associated guest cloakroom,
wardrobes and sports equipment room was added. The new attic conversion
created a new bedroom, bathroom and a playroom plus a lot of new
The brief called for recreating the original Arts & Craft character
of the house, largely lost during the successive building interventions.
The new front porch extension with high quality oak windows and
door joinery positively accentuates the entrance, continuing the
traditional construction of the existing building. The rear and
side extensions feature large rooflights, which bring plentiful
daylight to the kitchen and the family areas within a substantial
construction of traditional pitched roofs. The attic conversion
offered a new gable roof arrangement with a new circular feature
window. The new oak staircase is based on classic Arts & Crafts
designs in the area.
The exterior of the building was substantially overhauled with
traditional materials of oak, reclaimed bricks, tiles and slate.
Internally we used oak for all joinery and timber floors, a new
staircase and much of the interior furniture. This created a warm
and inviting feel for the house carried through all the interior
areas. We designed all high quality bespoke joinery for the kitchen,
bathrooms and cabinetry, complimented by attractive finishing materials
of limestone, marble, stainless steel and glass.
Despite the traditional appearance, the house was fitted with very
modern hi-tech services of an air-to-air eco heat pump heating and
cooling system, underfloor heating, electronic mood lighting controls,
concealed trench heating to selected areas, pressurised water system,
integrated music, TV and video system in all principal rooms. The
house also features a subterranean bespoke wine cellar, landscaped
and illuminated rear garden and front drive.