The Vawdrey House

Park House London NW6

The design brief was to add space and value to this much-loved family home, while creating a relaxed London retreat with a cosmopolitan feel.

Planning permission was challenging in this conservation area, but the sensitive approach taken by The Vawdrey House secured approval for extensions to the rear, side return and roof, plus a two-storey 'Coach House' on the side.

The Coach House has been designed with traditional proportions and materials to the street façade. 

The rear of the property contrasts with sharp detailing and hexagonal slate cladding to both the side and the rear extensions.

Park House now offers seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, large flexible living spaces and the potential for self-contained guest accommodation in the Coach House.

The interior reflects the client’s eclectic tastes with inspiration from Parisian bistros and New York lofts blending with both classic Victorian townhouse and mid century vibes. 

Brass, marble and battered leathers, set against a deep palette of paint colours and quirky lighting, ensure a relaxed, welcoming and luxurious feel throughout.

In the kitchen, vintage balcony ironwork forms the bar and a backdrop of brass-riveted stainless steel panels create an industrial feel with a refined edge.

The central island incorporates a leather booth with a marble table on industrial salvage legs. Your morning coffee feels like a glamorous brunch here.

Decorative beading has been applied to the satin finish ceiling and the kitchen is defined by an inset panel of mosaic tiling.

Hexagonal slate cladding glitters in the sun and sets off the black limestone and hardwood decking of the rear garden.

Steel framed doors and corner glazing flood the new kitchen/living space at the rear with light from three sides, and a patent glazed roof to the side return above the kitchen fits well with the urban setting.

Upstairs there are six bedrooms and four bathrooms with a further guest suite in the Coach House. 

The master suite features a classic marble and brass bathroom, with roll top bath and steel framed shower and toilet cubicles.

The new top floor has a true lofty feel with timber lined eaves, and dramatic views across west London. A steel framed box divides off the staircase and allows light to pass through.

" The house is totally transformed, and the new kitchen extension feels like a treat to spend time in. I love the way the light plays in there as it moves around. The spaces are so flexible and we have not lost the period feel to the house either, despite how much has changed. "

Photography by Siobhan Doran Photography

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More about us

Established by Jennifer Hamilton in 2012, The Vawdrey House is a multi-award winning RIBA Chartered Practice which offers a unique combination of bespoke design, strategic thinking and creative flair. We bring both architecture and interior design together to create spaces which work for you from the inside out.

Jennifer Hamilton and Graeme Montague, two thirds of The Vawdrey House trio, have a shared history as Directors of award winning design consultancy MoreySmith, working with clients such as Sony Music, EMI Music, Cadbury and Channel 4 as well as on high end residential refurbishments.

Third partner Ian Chapman, a RIBA Chartered Architect, adds his expertise in contemporary architecture for exciting educational and public spaces.

Their combined experience of 60 years in the industry brings a level of professionalism and creativity to the design and management of your project which is invaluable. 

Working across London and the South of England we have a growing portfolio of happy clients and inspiring spaces.

With a small, select team of designers and architects, The Vawdrey House is passionate about what we do and most of all, want you to love it too.

Whether for your home, or a public space, we take the time to get to know you, understand your requirements and find exciting design solutions for your project. Our 'top to toe' design approach involves bringing the client into the process, designing a space for you, with you.

Close affiliations with brand consultants plus graphic and web design teams mean we can also provide a fully coordinated scheme for your retail or business space, down to website, menus or signage, whatever is required.

We work closely with you throughout, following everything through to the smallest detail, and helping you through the process.
That is what we believe makes a great design, even better.

We are design-led, and like to review the way the whole building works, understanding how you use the spaces and suggesting functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, the internal layouts and all the interior design and fittings, right down to furniture and accessories. 

We progress the design in stages, working up the outline usually with a multitude of options in the first instance, then gradually firm up the scheme as you clarify which direction you want to go in. Once we have the overall scheme in place we work into the detail and start to specify every element, ending in a production package incorporating everything you need to tender and construct the project.

We can also manage the entire process for you, putting together the project team, gaining planning consent and party wall awards, finding contractors, tendering the works, managing the building contract and monitoring the works on site.

We stick with you to the end, ensuring all snagging is resolved, and produce a completion pack with all necessary certificates, guarantees, maintenance and supplier contact info so you have everything in one place.

Have a browse through our latest projects and see the end results!