Shape Architecture is currently working on a basement extension in Kensington which also includes ground and first floor extensions and internal refurbishment to a mews property in Pembridge Mews, Notting Hill,. The brief from the client asked for a basement extension to be created underneath the existing property, as well as redesigning and refurbishing the ground floor configuration so as to best make use of the new living space below. The property already benefits from an existing light well at the rear of the plot, therefore giving us a clear design direction to explore when digging down to create the new basement extension.
Kensington Basement Extensions
Shape Architecture has a lot of experience of designing and building basement extensions in Kensington and Chelsea, and this project was awarded to us based on that strength of knowledge. This mews basement extension in Kensington provides many design challenges and provides another opportunity to create an attractive and spacious living space by digging down and redesigning the upper floors. By exploring the opportunities and limitations the site provided to us, Shape Architecture was able to use our basements expertise to provide the client with many design options from which to choose all, of which were explored using 3D computer graphics to clearly show the nature of the space and the impact of natural light within in it and the nature of views out. We undertake computer models for all of our projects no matter what the type or size and basement extensions particularly benefit from such an analysis.
Kensington Basement Extensions and Natural Light
Making use of the existing courtyard on the ground floor, the basement design chosen by our client features a lightwell in the same location. This transfers the solid courtyard space to the basement level, with natural light able to be drawn all the way down through the building into the basement itself thanks to the presence of the lightwell. At the ground floor level, the open void of the lightwell that exists at first floor level is instead bridged with a glass balcony. This balcony will still allow natural light to permeate the basement, improving the quality of space significantly, whilst at the same time allowing it to continue being used as external living space on the ground floor level. A metal grille at one end of the balcony will allow air to circulate into the basement space, with views to the basement available from the first floor terrace. The basement lightwell will therefore provide a light and open plan modern living space at all levels of the building. Another Kensington basement conversion at Adam and Eve Mews has recently received planning permission and has addressed very similar design issues.
Contemporary Residential Architects in Kensington
On the ground floor, the design option chosen by the client reconfigures the spaces and the rooms. The floor plan now offers the provision for two existing bedrooms currently at the front of the property to remain, whilst making the rear of the ground floor into a potential open plan kitchen and dining room. With the kitchen currently on the first floor of the property, this option would then allow for future refurbishment of the first floor. Remaining on the ground floor, the modern open plan configuration works well with the lightwell, allowing light from two sides of the void to enter the space in two directions, therefore improving the quality of light and space.
Basement Conversion in Kensington: Contemporary Basement Design
By inserting a staircase into the centre of the floorplan we create an opportunity for more light from the ground floor to run down into the basement, adding an additional source of natural light. The basement design as selected by our client features two bedrooms that open off the central space, the master of which having a large en suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe and storage area. Next to the lightwell and courtyard space at the rear of the property, an open study area leads off from the central space, making great use of the natural light that will flood the area. The master bedroom opens off the other side of the lightwell.
Basement Conversion in Kensington: Planning Permission in Kensington and Chelsea
As architects in Kensington and Chelsea, Shape Architecture has a great depth of experience when it comes to obtaining planning permission for residential projects in Kensington and also throughout London. We have obtained Planning permissions for basement extensions in Kensington in Conservation areas, cul-de-scas and Mews locations and also obtained permission for double storey basements. Our experience of designing basement conversions in London and particularly a large number in nearby boroughs, adds to the breadth of our knowledge as basement specialists.
Basement Conversion in Kensington: Computer Modelling
As Kensington architects specialising in the provision of basement extensions in Kensington and across London, we always use 3D computer modelling to explore our designs. This is useful not only as a way of investigating the provision of natural light throughout a proposed basement conversion, but also as a way of quickly and clearly showing the client just what options the design will provide them with. We find this is an effective way of communicating clearly with both client and contractor alike, as well as being a useful design tool for us.