New Work: 20 Launceston Place
William Russell has undertaken a sensitive and careful remodelling of a Grade 2 listed building in Kensington London.
The building had been extended organically over the last hundred years to the point where little of the original remained barring the staircase. The project involved stripping away and cleaning up the space in order to create a four-bedroom home with large entertaining spaces.
The client required a sense of grandeur and opulence fitting the scale of the 3,200 sq ft space. They were also keen to use high quality materials some of which they sourced themselves, for example the family bathroom is almost entirely clad in Carrara marble and the renovation features reclaimed French parquet and stone flooring.
The completed house includes on the lower ground level an extensive entertainment space and home cinema along with a large storage and utility room freeing up space in the kitchen/dining area on the floor above. A new staircase was installed at this level which, creates a more generous hallway by opening up the space.
The kitchen/dining area on the upper ground level runs front to back and is accompanied on this floor by a library overlooking the garden.
The first floor consists of the children’s room and the master bedroom along with the shared marble bathroom and the roof space was opened up to create two further bedrooms a guest bathroom and a new roof terrace.
The kitchen layout was designed by Pentagram and then styled, built and installed by Mark Wilkinson and the other built in furniture was designed by Pentagram and is made from solid oak held together with traditional dovetail joints.