When Mr and Mrs Lloyd purchased number 21 Campden Hill Square, they knew the property would need a lot of attention, as it had been badly damaged by a World War Two bomb. However, the building’s dilapidated state also meant that it was never listed, allowing the Lloyds the freedom to create the family home that they really wanted.
Built in the 1830s, number 21’s four storeys and formal Georgian exterior are typical of most terraced houses in the area. The property also enjoys fabulous unobstructed views towards the Wembley Arch, as it’s situated in a square that sits on the side slope of Notting Hill. Project architects Adams and Collingwood describe this as one of the “treasure squares in London”.
Due to the damaged state of the Lloyd’s new house, the project team had to begin by stripping out its “warped creaking internal structure”. They did, however; manage to keep the property’s badly sunken original staircase. The lower ground floor was dug out to provide extra room, the basement was underpinned and a glass structure was created.
As the Lloyds wanted their home to reflect both the period when it was built and their own eclectic tastes, Adams and Collingwood worked with interior designer Max Rollit to achieve a balance between Georgian inspired design and contemporary architecture. So, while the rear kitchen extension has a contemporary feel, the enormous drawing room has been carefully designed and furnished to resemble a Georgian room, even though it only contains two original features; the windows and the chimney-piece.
Wherever possible, The Lloyd’s home has retained its original features, including the cornicing in the hall and the bathroom’s original basin. Extra period details such as an18thc Mahogany card table, John Rocque’s 18th-century map of London and a Chippendale junior sofa also add to the home’s Georgian feel. However, because the owners love interior design from all periods, they’ve included plenty of non-Georgian items such as a French chandelier in the shape of a galleon and marble obelisks by Max Rollit.
Number 21’s second floor includes the main bedroom with its four poster bed and the family’s main bathroom. The children sleep on the top floor and two half landings accommodate their parents’ studies. There’s also a large family room in the basement and a spare bedroom in what used to be the butler’s pantry.
According to Adams and Collingwood, the culmination of this ambitious project was a new garden room and children’s playhouse, which would be located at the end of the property’s long, narrow garden. The clients were keen to create a space which they could use to host garden socials and which the kids could use for playing, climbing and sleeping over.
The architects describe this room as a “joy to design” and it’s not hard to see why. Its roof acts as a platform for the family’s kids to climb up onto and they can either enter their playhouse via a skylight or monkey bars. Inside, there’s a bed, play equipment and a fully equipped kitchen.
Number 21 isn’t just a comfortable and stylish family home, as it’s also impressively sustainable. The Lloyds are kept cosy in winter by their property’s heavily insulated external facades and the house also includes a grey water harvesting system, which enables the WCs to be flushed using run-off water from cisterns and baths. Inside the house, many of the dark mahogany doors have been recycled from antique table leaves.
Relationships between the Lloyds, the project team and their building control officer were excellent throughout the building process. So that less time would be required to carry out the work, plans for the glass structure and the garden room were kept well within permitted development planning regulations.
Architect Robert Adams is extremely satisfied with the Lloyds’ finished home, which combines the best of the Georgian period with “brand spanking new architecture”. The clients’ verdict?
“We love it and we live in every bit of it – there’s not a single redundant space.”
Adams and Collingwood Architects, 020 8735 5350
SIL Southern Installations Ltd, 01737 735075
Jampel Davison and Bell, 020 7272 0562
Max Rollitt, 01962 791124
Richard Brine Photography