The Lion Estate is so named after the profusion of sandstone lions that atop the gables in the south Fulham Conservation area which was built in the 1890’s by architect Jimmy Nicholls.
Lab Architects were tasked with restoring this house to its former glory by way of a full remodel and refurbishment to all five storeys, including a redesign of the rear extension to create a larger and more welcoming kitchen-living-dining space. The design was to be respectful to its the Victorian heritage, emphasising original features whilst adding considered elements of contemporary design, creating a truly desirable home.
A bright, high contrast palette with black accents and traditional details was agreed and carried through the house by the continuous staircase which united all five floors. Classical details were restored and integrated with modern interventions; such as the Living Room’s new stone fireplace whose form was inspired by an existing, but tired, fireplace. This form was reflected in the mirror and shelves adjacent, to create a considered elevation with harmony and movement.
The atypical end of terrace plan, with entrance to the side allowed for the successful rethinking of the of ground floor entertaining spaces. This now includes an elegant, panelled drawing room, a neat and chic powder room, and a concealed pantry and cloak room leading to the kitchen. The stepped kitchen and dining area is bathed in light from the glazed up and over picture window, and the Crittall style doors which lead to the garden.
The First Floor layout was redesigned to create a luxurious Master Suite, comprised of bedroom, bathroom and dressing rooms, which now extends the full footprint of the floor. This sophisticated palette mixing monochromes with British racing green tiles, Carrara stone and brass inlay details to the bespoke joinery reflects the sophisticated clients.
This project was completed during lockdown in record time thanks to a committed contractor and engaged client with whom we designed the interior collaboratively.