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PERFECT FIT

Jay Mews, SW7


They say that location is everything. If that’s the case, you would be hard pressed to find a better located home than this one. It is just next to the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park, yet situated in a quiet mews. Despite all the hustle and bustle of the city around it, it could not be in a more tranquil spot.

The owners of the property owned the adjoining home but, when their daughters enrolled at university in the capital, they bought this one for them. Years later, once the girls had moved out, the owners hired Theis & Khan Architects to drag it into the 21st century. The architects completely gutted and refurbished the property, transforming it into a light-filled space that was simply beautiful. Located on the approach to the Royal College of Art, the property sits on the first floor above an office that Theis and Khan previously renovated for the college.

It was not without its challenges. The stairs up to the ground-floor front door were too steep to meet current regulations, and the front door opened outwards. Negotiations with the ground-floor office owners allowed the architects to rebuild the staircase, resulting in the ceiling heights being lowered.

The kitchen was sleek with an island unit providing the perfect place to seat friends while dinner is prepared. Its Corian worktops were as brilliant as they were practical while the loft ceiling made the space feel enormous. A Pueblo vase filled with white tulips provided a pleasing contrast. The kitchen opened onto the dining area, with its formal table and chairs adding a feeling of elegance. The back was extended to create a new terrace which was accessed by bi-folding Arbor doors.

Upstairs was a spacious master suite and a single bedroom with en suite. Wide oak floors and doors ensured the space flowed throughout the house while dark Jura limestone bathrooms created a homogenous interior. It was a lesson in what can be done to a mews with enough vision and expertise.