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This Edwardian house in Chiswick, untouched since perhaps the 1950s, presented a unique opportunity to create an extraordinary family home.
Architect and Interior Designer
Built over three floors with high ceilings and a substantial garden, the goal was to double the internal living space while carrying out a full refurbishment from top to bottom.
Most of the additional space is gained through the creation of a new basement that occupies the full footprint of the property.
The ground floor is extended to the rear and side and the roof form on the top floor is converted, also to the rear, to provide additional living space.
Architecturally, decisions were made in the re-arrangement of the internal layout specifically to allow interior statements typical to the designer. This was primarily achieved by re-locating the main stair from the entrance hall to a full-height stairwell, which released internal spaces on all levels, and particularly at the top floor Master Bedroom.
The living room is designed to be a welcoming and relaxing space that is filled with books, artwork, two big plush sofas that face each other and a working chimney to enjoy open fires in colder weather. There is a separate, smaller seating area to sit and have a coffee in the morning, and a place was reserved for a small desk and a piano – both important elements to this family. The wall colours have been chosen to complement the yellow from the hallway.
This well-thought-out kitchen can be used and enjoyed by the whole family throughout the day, easily doubling up as a dining room and a gathering spot. Aga and Plain English are the brands of choice for this room. The kitchen is the central room in the house for this family and they would thus like it to be functional yet comfortable. Furthermore, a door to the outside opens up the space, bringing in light and nature, adding to the relaxed, warm atmosphere.
The Master Bedroom is the owners’ inner sanctum and stretches across the top floor. They wanted a peaceful environment where they could relax and unwind. A freestanding Drummonds Bath sits under the slanting roof in the bedroom and bespoke joinery along the main wall houses their clothing. The adjoining room across the staircase is the master bathroom, complete with a walk-in-shower, two basins and a toilet.
A Design Process
John and Ana divide the project into similar stages of work, but each reflect the specific responsibilities of their roles as architect and interior designer respectively.
Before launching his studio, John held senior positions in the interior and architecture industry, most recently in the role of Project Director at a leading international design practice. A fully qualified architect for the past 17 years John’s work has consistently been driven by the needs for personal, bespoke service for demanding clients and contexts while delivering the highest levels of design.
His work experience includes a number of residences, fine dining restaurants and luxury resorts - in locations from London to mainland Europe, the United States, the Far East, the Indian Ocean, Brazil and the Caribbean.
John is a multiple international design competition awardee. His personal work has been featured by the BBC, Wired Magazine and architectural software developers Graphisoft, amongst others. John was recently included in the under-40’s group of the Power List in London.
Born in Switzerland, with Spanish and German roots, founder and creative director Ana Engelhorn incorporates her international background and interests in travel and art into her exquisite interiors.
Having received her interior design certification from The Professional Design Institute, she has worked across Continental Europe for ten years, with her designs featuring in a variety of prestigious UK and Spanish magazines and newspapers.
Now based in London, Engelhorn is excited to meet new clients and share her energy and ideas on how to live better with the old, the renewed and the new.
Echoing the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, Ana’s perfectly imperfect style brings out a room’s innate authenticity, celebrating the imperfections found in natural building materials and highlighting rich textural sensations.
In older buildings, Ana focuses on restoring a room to its natural state, highlighting any historical features, while adding a modern twist. In new-build homes, she is guided by the client’s needs to inform the design and shape of the house, bringing in natural elements to complement the new. Ana loves working with organic materials and furniture in its raw state to craft luxurious, stunning interiors our clients feel at home in.
Photos: John Allsopp Studio | Floor plans: John Allsopp Studio | Mood & concept boards: Ana Engelhorn Interior Design | Illustrations: Liam Wales
Living Room Mood Board
Living Room Concept Board
Kitchen Mood Board
Kitchen Concept Board
Kitchen | Cupboard: Ana Engelhorn Interior Design | Glass Doors | Central Island | Dining Room Table: Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Platner | Dining Room Chairs: Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Verpan | Open Shelves
Bedroom Mood Board
Bedroom Concept Board