Retrofit of Two Mews Houses in Knightsbridge
A refurbishment of a pair of mews houses in Pavilion Road for The Cadogan Estate. Originally built to serve as stable and coach houses to the grand townhouses on Sloane Street. Lifting the floor of the garages revealed original cobbles and divisions for a carriage and stalls for two horses. Further investigation uncovered the remains of an old ventilation riser from the stables to the roof.
Le Lay architects were asked to redesign both houses so that they would be more suitable to accommodate a small family in each. The buildings are not listed but are rare surviving examples of unaltered mews houses in this area. The brief was to transform the properties without altering the external facade. This enabled us to circumvent planning permission and allowed the project to be completed in a relatively short time frame. The retrofit included lifting the roof off to insert insulation underneath and an ingenious remaking of the garage doors to form thermally efficient walls with a full size study behind.