This fabulous family home is designed as both a fun space for the kids and as a social destination for eating and entertaining.
A reconfigured Thirties Arts and Crafts-style house in west London, comprising a hall, living/dining room, kitchen, office/den and WC on the ground floor, with a playroom, utility room and larder in the basement. The main bedroom with an en suite and dressing room is on the first floor, alongside two of the children’s bedrooms and a bathroom. Two more bedrooms and a shower room are in the loft.
From the hall, a curvaceous, Deco-style staircase (pictured above) now leads simultaneously to the basement dug out below and to the bedrooms and bathrooms above. The sweeping staircase, designed by architect Guy Stansfeld, is a central feature in the large, lobby-style hall. Built-in storage helps keep the space sleek and clean.
OFFICE / DEN
The ‘family hangout’ is a warm, mellow den used both as an office and the TV room/library.
A period portrait of the owner’s great-grandfather contrasts with a striking piece of fashion photography.
The home owners worked alongside architect Guy Stansfeld and builder Richard Ilendo, demolishing the interior before opening up the entire ground floor into one flowing space. By removing a series of awkward steps leading up and into the building, this new level was markedly lower than before, allowing the builders to lower the floors above, all supported by a long, reinforced side wall and a new double-height extension to the rear, artfully designed to echo the look of the original façade at the front.
This wide, lateral floor space offers easy access to the garden as well as flowing straight through to the kitchen.
The living area’s wide expanse stretches across the back of the building, with each curated collection of furniture creating pockets of interest without ever distracting from the room’s epic architectural form.
A chic arrangement of books, plus ceramics, sculpture and photography, encapsulate the owner’s creative interests.
The dining and living areas are lined with built-in storage and display shelving.
The space is full of functional, simple pieces – Mid-century modern and Danish designs by Hans J Wegner and Louis Poulsen.
The kitchen stars a show-stopping island that’s able to seat eight, ideal for the supper clubs.
The owners mentally unpacked all of their kitchenware before designing the storage so everything they need is close to hand.
A sliding door demarcates the kitchen from the rest of the space.
An ever-expanding selection of kitchenware and cookery books can easily be housed in the modular shelving system.
The extra-long panelled headboard was designed both for maximum comfort and to utilise additional storage.
Tucked beneath the eaves at the top of the house, the youngster’s bedroom is a snug, well-ordered retreat.
Perfectly fitting the proportions of the space, the sleek shower area is tiled in a bold swimming pool blue.
Check out Guy Stansfeld Architects portfolio at stansfeld.com.
Photography ⁄ James Merrell