Gloucester Walk, W8
Sometimes flats and houses where the primary bedrooms on the lower floors are called ‘upside down homes’ because most people expect bedrooms to be upstairs. But why? Why put the reception rooms and kitchens on the lower floors where natural light is restricted and put bedrooms upstairs where it has to be blocked out? Thankfully the architects of this maisonette in Kensington recognised the problem and were determined to move the principle reception rooms to the light-filled raised ground floor and to put the lavish master suite and second bedroom suite downstairs.
Light fills the opulent sitting room with its French doors that open onto the garden. The skylight above ensures that so much natural light enters the space, you might even be tempted to reach for your sunglasses. The herringbone wooden floor which extends throughout this level reflects the sunlight while the whitewashed walls add to the feeling of brightness. A period fireplace with a Georgian fire grate is there for when the nights finally draw in.
Original cornicing also features throughout the flat and the dining room boasts an original Victorian bay window. These original features are beautifully juxtaposed with contemporary designs; nowhere more beautifully than in the kitchen where sleek units are complemented by Corian worktops and Miele appliances. The flat was clearly designed for entertaining; if the enormous kitchen and dining rooms were not enough, the garden has ample seating, a table and an Australian-style grill.
Downstairs featured one of the most beautiful master suites we have ever seen. The gigantic bedroom with its super king sized bed still benefitted from plenty of natural light provided by the lightwell. The bathroom and dressing room were every bit as lavish as the master bedroom while a second bedroom was very generously sized and appointed.
Unconventional layouts can often be some of the best because they are thoughtful. The architect genuinely thinks through how people live and designs the space accordingly. This is a perfect example.