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Evolution of the London Townhouse

St Peters Place terrace

Gone are the days of the large open-plan kitchen - living - dining area. While buyers like flexible spaces, they also like their living spaces to have a sense of definition. This has marked the rise of the kitchen dining room, which serves as a unified, multipurpose space. Island units are essential, providing practical storage and defining the respective areas, but above all, they look good. Furthermore, islands have become integral to supporting homeowners when it comes to home entertaining, providing a stage for chefs to flambé in one hand and top up drinks with the other.

“Access to outside space is essential for entertaining areas too, and so the kitchen dining areas at St Peters Place open onto a private terrace, flooding the interior with natural light and inviting the outside in. The terrace also doubles the size of the entertaining area during warmer months and provides the perfect environment into which a party can overspill.

“Such multipurpose rooms have also stimulated the resurgence of the drawing room – a formal sitting room that offers tranquillity and an area geared towards post-dinner entertaining or afternoon tea. At St Peters Place, the sitting rooms are located at the front of the townhouses so that they overlook St Peters Square, just proving that a good view will never go out of fashion.

“We’ve also incorporated a lower ground family room, which can be adapted into a cinema room or informal lounge. This signifies the importance of having enough living and social space to support the multiple bedrooms on the upper floors – something that designers had been neglecting in recent years.

“Townhouses had confounded architects in the past, who felt compelled to confine the living accommodation to the ground floor, which alienated large families who need as much floor space allocated to daytime activities as they do to bedrooms. There has been a tangible shift in what imbues a property with value too, moving away from the number of bedrooms and more towards the quality of the living space.

“While the St Peters Place townhouses have five bedrooms, they are arranged over first and second storeys and each has a perceptible identity. Master suites remain consistent in that they must be lavish – atop the bedroom hierarchy, comprising an en suite and built-in wardrobe; however, expectations in how these spaces are sequenced have become a priority.

“Buyers no longer want to feel like they are in a hotel, where it’s common to see into the en suite when lying in bed. Instead, spaces must flow, and a walk-through dressing area provides a transitional space between the sleeping area and the en suite. His and Hers sinks are essential too, as are walk-in showers – we avoid sliding shower panels, which impede the sleek finish expected of a bathroom.

“Second and third bedrooms must also now boast an en suite – buyers are adamant that they don’t want shared bathrooms; however, fourth and fifth bedrooms must be much more flexible in their identity, so that they can be repurposed as per personal preference.

“We have also sought to tackle the misconception that townhouses lack outdoor space at St Peters Place, implementing five independent outside spaces throughout the houses. The lower ground family room opens onto a small courtyard ensuring that light floods the interior and provides a private outdoor space in warmer months. The kitchen / diner extends onto a large terrace, while the master suite has French doors that open onto a Juliet balcony, injecting additional layers of style and an enhancement of space. Bedroom five on the second floor also opens onto a mid-size terrace at the rear of the property while the third floor suite also boasts a roof garden, embracing the capital’s love of roof-top outside space.”

Five-bedroom townhouses at St Peters Place in Chiswick are priced at £3,000,000. For further information, please contact 020 3667 5113

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