The Latest Mews

by theartofbespoke in Interior designed homes

Take a look around this award-winning house in Belgravia.

Property developer Landmass London has a reputation for delivering some the capital’s best mews houses. It was the company behind this five-storey Belgravia mews and also built Grosvenor Crescent Mews, this 3,468 square-foot beauty in Belgravia’s only private, gated mews.

When it comes to high-end features, the home certainly ticks the boxes. Sunken TV area – check, bespoke fireplaces – check. There’s even a 10-and-a-half foot water feature.

 

‘‘My role is as the conductor of an orchestra. Even if the finish is fantastic, if the layout’s rubbish, the whole thing’s rubbish.’’

But to Landmass director Alan Waxman, that isn’t what that marks it out.

‘I describe luxury very differently to most developers and designers,’ he says.‘They talk about tangible luxury – finishes and specifications, underfloor heating, air conditioning, that sort of thing. But the ultimate luxury is intangible – it’s how you create the wow factor from a space. You might not be able to put your finger on how it’s done, but you know it’s there. It’s the Steve Jobs school of thought of creating wow through simple design.’

Design-wise, Waxman had his work cut out here.

‘We had two specific challenges,’ he says. ‘Number one, there were no windows at the rear of the property. Because it’s a mews and had houses all around it, it was basically stuck in a box.’

Yet problems like this don’t especially faze him.

‘The magic is turning a disadvantage into an advantage,’ he says. ‘So what we did was to take out a corner of the property and put a glass retractable roof on it. We then put in the waterfall.’

The other sticking point was the basement.

‘Basements are a continual challenge for designers and developers,’ he says. ‘Agents value the ground and upper floors at one price and the basement at another. The challenge for Landmass was what we could do in the basement.’

What they did was to have light flooding through the roof and a water feature at the bottom. They then had ceiling heights of between 3.2 and 3.4 metres (most are 2.4).

But perhaps the home’s finest feature is its layout. On the lower-ground floor, the study flows into the bar/media room, which leads to the home cinema. The kitchen and dining area takes up a full floor, while the three bedrooms are all en-suite. It all seems to flow very naturally, with no dead space.

This is no coincidence.

‘At Landmass, we spend hours and hours on space planning,’ he says. ‘It’s a process. I go through lots of different exercises, one of which is to do a walk-through with my architect, interior designer, structural engineer and estate agent.’

The five of them walk through the house, floor by floor, discussing which configuration will work best.

‘Each has a different opinion and each is necessary,’ he says. ‘It’s very much a team game. My role is as the conductor of an orchestra. Even if the finish is fantastic, if the layout’s rubbish, the whole thing’s rubbish.’

But he’s not afraid to take, shall we say, slightly more alternative routes. He admits to being one of the only developers to have employed the services of a spiritual feng shui specialist.

‘He added a bit of colour – some cushions and throws,’ says Waxman.

You may mock, but the house sold quickly and went on to win Best London Development and Best Interior Design at the Daily Mail Residential Property Awards. Now, to find that feng-shui specialist’s number…

Landmass London – www.landmass.co.uk


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