STREATHAM, LONDON, UK
TOP FLOOR 3 BED MAISONETTE
The brief here was to turn this very run down top floor 2 bedroom maisonette flat (with a dingy attic and only one bathroom off the kitchen) into a smart 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat.
This is what Petra planned to achieve this: On the first floor, a shabby kitchen, through which one accessed a small hall to the garden, and through this the only bathroom and toilet, was converted into an open plan kitchen/dining room with direct access to the garden.
The hall, bathroom and toilet were removed and the toilet relocated into a smaller but very smart shower room, which was sited into an expanded ‘hall cupboard’, closer to the rest of the house. Double cupboard doors conceal the fact that there even is a bathroom. This made the kitchen spacious enough to accommodate an island work area, with hob and sink, and to provide a dining area, that had enough space for a rather large antique dining table, a family heirloom. Mirror splash backs add further light and perceived spaciousness.
On the 2nd floor, the one attic room was stripped, and re-organised to now provide a luxurious en-suite bathroom, a spacious bedroom, two concealed storage/wardrobe areas, and a utility room housing the boiler and a washer/dryer under the eaves. The attic ceiling was removed to expose the ceiling beams and to provide extra height and spaciousness to the room. 3 alcoves with lighting inset were created behind the bed to act as bedside table spaces as the area on either side of the bed needed to be kept free for the doors providing access to the deep storage areas behind the bed and over the stairs. The original cast iron fire surround was removed from what became the bathroom, and positioned on the opposite wall, to retain the period character within the room. In it’s place plumbing for water and waste was concealed within the fire surround for the basin, bathtub and toilet.
The flat was redesigned to not only provide a much more practical, spacious and stylish flat for a busy, professional lady, but also with a view of adding a lot of extra value for a later sale, which was indeed realised by her a couple of years later.