Before & After: A Tired Notting Hill Flat Gets A Fabulous Light-Filled Transformation

See how one couple turned this home into a contemporary-chic sanctuary with a clever extension and an eye for interior design...

A tired flat in a grand building on one of the best roads in Notting Hill has received a stylish transformation courtesy of a couple who own an award-winning property development and interior design company.

For their business, the couple focus on creating bespoke, high-end residential properties for both clients and our own developments. This was one of their own developments, and the design duo jumped at the chance of turning the apartment into something special. The main feature of the redevelopment and design was the garden. The team wanted it to play the starring role and built the design and look around it. The couple went about creating a light-filled space that focused on bringing the outside in and connecting the two spaces for an easy breezy feel and a feel-good flow.

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BEFORE:

The flat was in pretty poor condition and the owners saw an obvious option to carry out an infill extension and transform it from a one-bed into a two-bed. The whole project took around nine months, five of which was spent getting permission for the build, with the project then taking around four months. The outdoors was uninviting and not easily accessible.

The family bathroom was uninspiring, drab and brown.

The kitchen was dark, cluttered, and tired and was crying out for a full renovation, extension and makeover.

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AFTER:

The impressive results showcase a light and bright interior with splashes of contemporary-coastal meets Scandi styling. The hallway sets the tone for the cool interiors, with white walls and grey painted console with leather strap handles.

Pale oak flooring throughout adds a refined-rustic, warm element to the home.

The hallway leads into the bright reception space, with cosy reading nooks and cool, aerial-shot coastal art bringing an informal yet stylish vibe.

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The owners described how the creation of a light-well in the extension was quite unusual as developers usually go to maximise indoor space (in an area where prices are around £2000/ft2).

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The south facing private garden was the standout aspect of the flat so the team designed it around that, ensuring maximum light and maximum vantage of the garden.

Whereas before the garden was seriously lacking in TLC, the bright transformation created a welcoming space, with white painted walls, industrial lighting, raised flower beds and mint bistro chairs for a cosy socialising hotspot.

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Bespoke storage throughout was very important to the owners, including a bespoke kitchen, sitting room storage and built in wardrobes in both bedrooms.

The kitchen is a modern Scandi-lover’s dream, boasting dark cupboards and stainless steel tops and flooded with light from the new extension.

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Floating shelves create the perfect spot for showing off those stylish kitchen essentials, while copper-inner grey wall lights add a flash of glamour.

The kitchen leads through to the open dining space, with its stylish white wishbone chairs and black steel-framed doors.

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The couple’s favourite room is the master bedroom. It has a very grand feel with the double doors leading in to the en-suite bathroom and the showstopper bath on show. They used BC Designs Boat Bath as it blended a traditional shape with a a crisp finish in white, which gave the impression of a relaxing and calming space with a contemporary edge.

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They finished the look with white metro tiles contrasted with grey grout, handmade encaustic tiles and open shelves for all those bathroom essentials.

The pièce de résistance to the master bedroom was its private patio. The couple wanted to create something different and continue the theme of bringing the outside in.

The guest bedroom is equally delightful, boasting a beautiful sky-blue headboard and modern wall lighting.

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