• Categories:Architecture, Interiors, Landscape
  • Architecture:Studio Indigo Ltd
  • Interiors:Studio Indigo Ltd
  • Landscape:Studio Indigo Ltd
  • Photo's By:James Balston Photography
  • Location:SW3
  • Status:Complete


A Grade II corner house in St John’s Wood stood empty for nearly a decade and was fire damaged and neglected. Internally a few floor joists and sections of lathe and plaster remained – there was certainly nothing of architectural significance left. Externally the original stucco works were in poor condition and the majority of the external detailing had to be restored. The garden was overgrown and in a sorry state.

After a difficult planning battle, approval was finally granted for the complete refurbishment of the original house and a new basement under the foot print of the original house and extending partially under the rear garden.

Internally a completely new period house was recreated amongst the fire damaged ruins – a new layout with period details including doors, architraves, skirting’s and cornices was faithfully reproduced whilst incorporating all the comforts of a contemporary home. Modern bathrooms and kitchens were integrated into the historically recreated interiors. The basement contains a gymnasium, media room, guest and staff accommodation as well as plant rooms and laundry. Natural light is brought into the basement via a dramatic double height conservatory which also provides a separate entrance.

Externally, the stucco work has been expertly restored and the building stands proud on the corner of Acacia Road and St Anne’s Terrace, behind a rebuilt garden wall and landscaped garden.

The detached house now sits resplendent, faithfully restored, with a few architectural contemporary twists to add a little spice and excitement.