Six pairs of impressive French doors give on to a full-width balcony in this first-floor lateral conversion on a famouse London garden square. Bought by an American couple after five frustrating years of house hunting. it required major work and spatial re-planning. Apart from the French doors, nothing else survived, and the architect and designer were free to create a highly individual space, the focal point of which is the large drawing-room and connecting library.
Instead of a conventional entrance-hall the front door opens into a good-sized lobby with double doors to both dining-room ahead and drawing-room to the left. A double-volume space was created in the master bathroom by lowering the ceiling and building storage above. A dressing-room fills the space beyond the bathroom, set either side of a pair of French doors. Every detail was studied in great depth: skirting-boards have been sized correctly, doors made to the right proportions and mirrored glass used to great effect. This is a family home designed to suit the owner’s lifestyle perfectly.