Mews House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area, Belsize Park in North West London.
Currently configured as an unremarkable two bedroom house it is dated and has not been refurbished since it was originally built in the 1970’s. The bedrooms are long and badly proportioned. The window are mean and internally the natural daylighting is poor.
Each mews house was originally configured with an integral garage space next to the front door. Over time the planning department has allowed the removal of the garage space. All the other mews houses have over time converted their garage into a bedroom or lounge space to improve the layout of the house. The courtyard to the front of the Mews is now everyone’s preferred car parking space. This was our client’s initial requirement but there were other opportunities
The house is arranged over three floors. The kitchen as originally intended will remain on the ground floor. A small under stair WC will be removed to create an open floor plan layout between the new bedroom and kitchen. The kitchen will be re-planned to engage more directly with the small courthyard garden which enjoys a bright south facing aspect. A long established ivy covers the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of the house. The lounge windows overlooking the garden are to be enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill.
The upper floors accommodate a lounge and the other two bedrooms. As part of the refurbishment each bedroom is re-planned with an ensuite with specialist wardrobe and storage joinery and provides warmth and character to each floor. The relatively small lounge is dramatically improved by a double height lounge space with the structural rafters of the roof exposed. In addition the timber rafters are complimented by a new feature staircase which rises within the double height lounge to provide access to each bedroom. Bespoke timber screen offer varying levels of privacy between the bedroom and lounge.