House – London SW1

As seen in Build-It Magazine March 2014

”JBA worked on a total revamp of my home in London as architect, project manager and less officially; the interior’s designer (the interior space was part of the architecture – I also sought his advice on colour schemes etc.).

James from JBA worked with my ideas to make them oh so much better. He has a great aesthetic eye yet is keen to keep things practical and user-friendly. For my house we totally remodeled the inside to modernize it. I had some basic ideas as to how I’d like the new layout to be and I was keen on keeping costs down and reusing things where possible. JBA really impressed me with the use of space and light that they came up with. A few examples of things where they added style, innovation and practicality are: had the idea to use the treads from my old spiral staircase as the living room bookshelf & some of the old floorboards that we took up are now shelves in the new linen cupboards. I had an idea that I’d like a fish tank in the house somewhere and he suggested using it as the splashback/ separator between the newly created kitchen/ living room space. Added internal windows to optimize light at all levels. Where I have a strange curved walled on the bottom floor, he fashioned something to reflect that on the opposite stair-encasement. . .people comment on the ‘lines’ all over the house.. I would never have thought of ‘lines’. It’s essentially the house I wanted but it looks so much better that I could ever have dared hope for.

I had not thought that having the architect manage the build would make much difference but it was amazing how many things the builders missed each day from his design and he had to hop in to remind them. He seemed to have a great rapport with the various tradesmen and the whole project came in bang on budget.” Clare – Owner – Belgrave Mews Project London Sw1

”The refurbishment is wonderful. John and I don’t know how you have done it but you have somehow made the place feel bigger and lighter than it was before without extending it in any way.” Anna  – Belgrave Mews, London Sw1

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