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THE LANSDOWN TOWN HOUSE Traditional Bath living with a contemporary twist “The overall feel of the house was dated, and poor layout of rooms meant the space was not being best utilised,” explains Ben Lang, commercial director at Stonewood Builders Ltd. “This was particularly apparent in the basement, which offered best potential for linking the house to the garden, but was primarily being used for ancillary accommodation and storage rather than as principal habitable rooms. “The design brief was to rationalise


the spaces in the house to create a comfortable modern family home which would suit the way the clients wanted to live in it. “With a team of excellent


Clockwise from left: connecting the house with the garden; the aptly-named Scottish room; a well-placed sculpture in the garden; the study


is a place for creativity; the Aga provides a hub of warmth in the kitchen. All Images on this spread © Jo Chambers


craftspeople, designers and the client’s superb eye for detail and interiors, the approach was very much a collaborative one. The layout of the house meant that the works could be phased to allow the family to move in part way through the project, which was an important part of the planned programme. “Bath town houses offer logistical challenges in terms of access but previous experience of similar projects allowed Stonewood to plan for these. In terms of the works themselves, dealing with the existing concrete structure capping the basement at the front of the house proved particularly challenging. “We were most pleased with the kitchen/dining space in the basement. The client chose a statement timber flooring from Dinesen which gives a striking finish to the room, and with the bespoke fitted Trefurn kitchen transforms the space to achieve its full potential. Opening these spaces to the garden by creating French doors from the dining room brings in light and connects the house with the outdoors. The finished product not only makes much better use of the space from the point of view of practical family living, but also creates stylish principal living rooms. “This look works with the original


Georgian features of the building but still manages to create a contemporary finish and encompass all the technology required for comfortable modern family living.”


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