15 May Case Study: Hampstead Garden Suburb
We work on some wonderful projects across London and the South East and in the past have been responsible for some magnificent basements throughout the capital – some might even call them ‘Mega Basements’.
As the leading basement design specialists in London we were approached to put together a scheme for a 2,600sqft basement in Hampstead Garden Suburb. The end result is probably the nicest basement we have had the pleasure of developing and credit has to go to our client who had a very clear vision and was involved throughout the project.
The brief was simple, to create a luxurious recreational space under the large property in Hampstead, utilising the existing footprint of the building. Our client had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve which made our lives easier. The brief was detailed and specific – the space needed to have a bar area, a swimming pool and a cinema room.
This kind of request is not out of the ordinary but we knew that ensuring the space flowed nicely would be important for the final product to have a real ‘wow’ factor – this is something we have experience in delivering (take a look at our gallery).
Among the big challenges we faced was gaining the relevant planning permissions. Anyone who knows the area of Hampstead Garden Suburb will be familiar with the strict rules regarding construction and the guidelines which leave little wiggle room.
While, on this occasion we were successful in our application, we’re not sure we’d get similar permission again, due to a tweaking of the legislation by the local authority.
The property is a large family home and the family remained in the property while the works were being done and there was no existing basement space – so we were creating an entire floor from scratch.
What we did
We teamed up with our friends at London Basement we worked to design and deliver a truly stunning basement shell for the client and provided all technical drawings for the fit out. The shell had solid flooring throughout the 2,600sqft floor plan, including 3m high ceilings.
The client had a great eye for design and architecture and was really hands on when it came to the small details. He knew exactly what he wanted, which was great for us as it meant we were well-briefed throughout the project and avoided any back and forth with multiple versions of the design.
As a result, we were able to include everything the client required and more, adding a luxurious bathroom and sauna along with an area within the cinema room to house a full size snooker table. We also installed a beautiful gymnasium overlooking the swimming pool through a glass wall; the gym had specialist lighting to simulate daylight and was fully stocked with the latest fitness equipment.
The client sourced his own interior design company who ensured the décor was fitting of such a wonderful space.
The art deco styling of the downstairs was finished to perfection by the team and it is a project we are extremely proud to have been a part of. The lobby and bar area is striking in its décor, inspired by the client’s travels. Taking influence from various hotel lobbies and restaurants from around the world, the seating area features art deco furniture and colour schemes to keep the ambience light and relaxed.
The Hampstead Garden Suburb guidelines stipulate that we were not permitted to install light wells to the front, side or rear of the property and so the only natural light enters from a courtyard containing stairs to the rear garden.
It’s a really social space now and this beautiful family home has the ideal area for entertaining guests or spending quality time together.
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