Georgian house, Hampstead

Project Stage: 
London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016 - shortlisted

The aim of this project was to carefully repair and upgrade this Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, to provide living accommodation for the client’s family while enhancing the significant historic fabric. This substantial property contained many original features, including a fully panelled interior, but suffered from later C20th alterations, which left the basement level dark and compartmentalized. A key design move at this level was to create an opening in the spine wall, rationalize the floor levels and introduce a lightweight lean-to extension to create a continuous living space which enhanced the relationship with the rear garden. Partially rebuilding the rear closet extension allowed for more usable bathroom accommodation without disrupting the historic plan layout of the principal floors. In addition, the whole interior was overhauled, repaired, re-serviced and redecorated, introducing new fireplaces where appropriate, and revealing the original timber floorboarding. BHA advised on all new fixtures and fittings and designed a series of bespoke joinery elements. External works extended to re-roofing the main house, repointing brickwork, repairing traditional box sash windows, re-landscaping the garden and re-establishing railings and stonework to the front entrance.