Monday, 20 May 2019 08:54

Creating space in London

    A couple refurbished this charming bijou split level London apartment for their young daughter in an upcoming prime spot of Marylebone, close to Regents Park.

    Part of the brief for this three bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, was to maintain the value of the property and keep in mind the potential to eventually let out the property or use it for the Air BnB market. Maurizio made it look twice the square footage.

    Maurizio set out to achieve a vibrant, elegant, luxurious and modern apartment. The colour scheme evolved to what became a more feminine look using soft pastel colours and a mixture of polished brass and chrome finishes. Using a mixture of artwork, colours and textures inspired by Coachella, Maurizio used beautiful, high quality materials to create a jewel of an apartment.

    Space planning was always one of the key points for the client as the original layout made every room seem very dark and impractical to use. The original entrance hall was very small with a dark corridor, as was the second bathroom, which was mainly constructed under the original staircase. The spiral staircase blocked both light from the hallway and made the upstairs living room a really awkward shape and small space.

    The biggest structural change made was to move the staircase in the flat, turn it and lay it flat against the back wall, creating an incredible open feel to the whole flat that made the open-plan top floor feel endlessly bigger.

    What makes the flat more special is the chosen flooring. The beautiful pale wooden floors turned it from feeling ordinary, into a home that has a real luxury feel and is much more spacious and bright. The furnishings are offset with accessories and lighting such as the beautiful light bulb chandelier hanging over the staircase. It has an industrial feel that perfectly accents the elegance of the pale floors and creates such a beautiful glow in the evenings.

    Every bit of space has been used, which is most obvious in the kitchen where, despite its horseshoe shape, there is absolutely no dead space between cupboards. By installing built in wardrobes, the small bedrooms have a decent amount of storage space and the bathrooms, although small, have everything you could need. The flat makes you feel like you finally have space in the very cramped lifestyle that is London. Maurizio made every square-inch of the flat beautiful and useful.

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