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This dazzling refurbishment of a lower ground floor apartment is set within a Victorian conversion in Earl’s Court. The owner purchased the property in 2013 and was immediately drawn to the site. “Basements often have negative connotations, but I was impressed by the vast amount of light and huge construction opportunities,” he says. He set to work with the help of Duncan McLeod of Studio McLeod, reversing the layout, reinforcing the foundations and eliminating as much corridor space as possible, making the property now near unrecognisable. “Duncan is brilliant at making ideas a reality and consistently worked with me to find the best possible solutions. We often drew on his ability to package space while considering the importance of light.

The final design challenge was removing the rear corner of the building and replacing it with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The property is clearly influenced by the style of open-plan living found in Australian homes, embracing light and space so often found in design-led Melbourne or Sydney. “The overall concept was to create a modern, industrial feel, exhibiting character through materials, rather than a blank space that would only be brought to life post-build with furniture,” says the owner. Now extending to well over 100 sq m with wellproportioned rooms and good ceiling heights, the property is probably one of the best turnkey opportunities in the area. It includes a fantastic open-plan living space with well-chosen glass

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