Sometimes the bones of a building are just perfect, and the ‘wow’ factor comes not from anything we can add but what we can bring back. This Grade II listed Regency house in Belgravia, London, had obviously been a fine house once upon a time, and our job was to make it a fine house once more. It’s the kind of opportunity we relish.
The owner, a private art collector, had bought this 1827 house in a state of disrepair. To bring it back to life, we worked with carefully chosen craftspeople to meticulously renovate every detail. We re-levelled the timber floors, refurbished the stone cantilever staircase, and brought the balconies – including one which was ‘rediscovered’ – back to their former glory. We paid loving attention to the shutters, the cornices, and every other original feature. In a house like this, the character comes from every one of these details.
But how do you allow those details to shine while modernising the spaces and making the house fit for the way we live now? It takes a lightness of touch and an understanding of how old and new can enhance each other. Now our client’s exceptional art collection adorns every wall of all five floors, and we love the overall effect. The past is effortlessly interwoven with the present, and the house is once again a proud, characterful home befitting its elegant location.
Photography by David Vintiner