Architectural firm Bindross Dawes has reorganized the Chelsea mews house and added a full-height lighthouse with a dramatic oak and steel staircase to create a “feel of volume and theatre”.
The client originally asked Bindloss Dawes to create a more spacious kitchen and living area on the basement floor of this typical London property, and to improve the relationship with the garden.
However, as the project progressed, the studio was asked to expand its remit to the entire residence in order to create a more comprehensive plan.
“Chelsea Mews House emphasizes that you don’t always need a big space,” Bindros Dawes told Dezeen. “It’s about creating practical and beautiful things that our customers will cherish.”
“It’s a small terraced house, but we’ve given it more height by bringing in sunlight and giving it a sense of volume and theater.”
As part of the renovation, Bindros Dawes upgraded the three-story home from a dark, cramped two-bedroom to a stripped-down one-bed, making the most of its awkward trapezoidal plan with angular walls and joints. Updated room layout.
Working within the planning constraints of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea reserve, Bindross Dawes lowered the basement level to create a more impressive space.
“Drilling down 50 centimeters opens up the opportunity to create new volumes, which greatly helps to enhance the quality of space within a narrow footprint,” the studio said.
This new spaciousness on the lower floors is accentuated by the addition of daylight windows that penetrate all three levels of the home, connecting them via a custom staircase while drawing sunlight deep into the basement. Masu.
“The previous configuration caused a lot of damage to the house,” Bindros Dawes said. “It has great bones, and we’ve celebrated that by opening it up and creating space and drawing light deep into the space.”
Meanwhile, a subtle glass extension projects approximately 50 centimeters beyond the rear façade into the garden, increasing the sense of light and space without significantly altering the exterior.
According to Bindloss Dawes, a thoughtful and restrained material palette was essential to the project’s success.
“By embracing simplicity, maximizing light and space, and using carefully selected materials, we have created a home that balances functionality and elegance,” the studio said.
Venetian polished plaster with a Marmorino finish by Calfe Crimmings was used on walls throughout the house to create a tactile feel.
Express Concrete brings a grounding element to the basement floor, with concrete baseboards that extend seamlessly to the stairs leading to the courtyard.
Concrete was also used to form the first part of the new three-storey staircase, while the upper floors were finished in European oak to match the handrails.
The steel balusters were painted in Farrow & Ball’s gray-based white, the same color used on the woodwork and ceilings throughout the house.
Pocket doors were strategically incorporated into the bedroom level to eliminate visual interruption to daylight windows.
“This project exemplifies how a highly detailed yet simple design can have a huge impact within a small urban footprint,” Bindros Dawes said.
The homeowner, a talented craftsman and metalworker, personally designed and created the light fixtures to add a personal touch to the home.
Previous projects by Bindross Dawes, founded in 2018 by Oliver Bindross and George Dawes, have included a wooden car barn for collectors of classic Porsches.
The studio is based in the village of Bruton, Somerset. The village has attracted an increasingly big-city crowd in recent years, after contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth opened an outpost in the area in 2014.
Photography by Building Narratives.