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Princes Mews, W2

Mews houses have always had a cult following, but they have also had their drawbacks. Arguably London’s first conversions, these buildings were once the stables linked to grand houses, which is why they are often found in smart neighbourhoods. The problem is that when they were converted in the middle of the last century, the work was rarely done well. The results were dark and poky, and didn’t feel much like home. Thankfully, architects, developers and private homeowners have realised the potential of these houses and are redeveloping them into amazing properties. One such example is this stunning house in Princes Mews, which has been transformed by Paper Project architecture + design.

The owner said that before he bought the house, it had been let out to students for years and was virtually uninhabitable. There were holes in the roof and it still had the brick floors on which the horses stood. Paper Project gutted the house, dug out an additional basement floor and added a mansard level at the top. A large piece of glass installed in the floors and ceilings flooded it with light, and a stunning transparent cantilevered staircase with full-height glazed screens added the wow factor. Unsurprisingly, the house went on to win a commendation from the The Sunday Times' British Home Awards.

White, light-reflective paint used throughout added a sense of spaciousness and provided a perfect backdrop for the owner’s extensive collection of abstract art. The decoration was clever, too, with lots of glass and steel furniture. Downstairs, the amazing kitchen was every bit as practical as it was beautiful. Sleek grey units were a welcome departure from the ubiquitous white, yet they had deep drawers to provide ample storage space. Chairs inspired by Robin Day surrounded the kitchen table but perhaps our favourite touch was the stainless steel letters along the wall that read ‘YOU MAKE ME’.

This property made us want to live in a mews house!