A perfect storm of money, housing stock and creativity can deliver incredible properties.
Here is the cream of the crop.
This is the trophy home other trophy homes secretly want to be. Cochrane Design created the high-spec interior of a grand detached Victorian villa on Clapham Common Westside with developers Shandon Property Investments. Originally 6,472 square feet, it was stripped back to the brickwork and extended to over 9,500 square feet over five floors, providing seven double bedrooms (four ensuite), four reception rooms, a two-bed annexe, cinema, gym, walk-in wine cellar and triple garage. Inside, twenty-first-century living blends with restored period features. Intricate cornicing overlooks driftwood parquet flooring. A handmade marble kitchen and French crystal chandeliers contrast with an audio distribution system via Bower & Wilkins speakers, a Lutron Homeworks Lighting Control System, Cat 5 and 6 cabling, a sixperson lift, zoned underfloor heating, electric gates and Lefroy & Brook sanitary ware.
This detached Victorian house in Honeywell Road has been transformed with an open-plan 27-foot kitchen and family room featuring a stainlesssteel-topped island, overlooked by a mezzanine reception room and acres of glazing to flood lighting into the back of the house.
Ensoul Interior Architecture is a relatively new company but is already making waves with dramatic projects. Director Viki Lander calls herself “a colour rebel” and fights against too much grey, which she believes depersonalises interiors. “You end up with these soulless properties which have no interest,” she says. “To get the wow factor and put soul into it you need to pay for interior design and then the space is considered, in terms of colour, the flow and how it’ll work for you. Furniture can make a bold statement and the decorative extras take it up another gear.” Seen here is asymmetric lighting in the shape of seven dimmable pendant lights, and Sonos speakers in the ceiling in a bathroom.