lion gate gardens, kew

our client bought this detached faux edwardian house, located close to the botanical gardens in the heart of kew conservation area, with the intention of completely gutting the property to transform it into a modern home with plenty of personality. the original house lacked the character and craftmanship of a property you would expect to find in this location. it was also poorly laid out with a dark stair surrounded by walls located within the centre of the plan, and numerous split levels with steps and divisive balustrading at upper-ground, as well as a dark and uninviting basement.

however, as with every project there is always potential. our proposals replaced the dark stair with a cantilevered open tread stair promoting open views and access from the entrance hallway all the way through to the principal living space and garden aspect beyond. a large frameless glass window has transformed the vertical circulation into a light flooded space with views overlooking the rear garden. the ground floor is enlarged with a modern copper clad extension, creating sufficient space for a generous entrance hall, study and an open plan kitchen, dining and living space with full height sliding doors. the basement has been refurbished and extended at the rear to improve the original garage space, complete with a new large storage area for fly fishing equipment, and a new lower-ground floor annex with a bedroom, en suite, living/study space and industrial style kitchen. full height doors and a new lower terrace with steps connect the lower-ground with the garden, and a glazed bridge link and shallow stone steps provide easy access from the upper-ground into a landscaped oasis.

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