As residential prices went through the roof, it became common for developers to scour London for unlikely renovations in top locations that could be turned into homes. But this tyre shop turned million-pound maisonette is a classic of the genre.
58 Rylston Road, Fulham, £1m
It happens to be situated around the corner from Hogarth Architects, a firm that specialises in high end residential projects, on the corner of Ryslton Road and Estcourt Road in Fulham. Founder Ian Hogarth struck a deal with the owner of the tyre shop in 2015, then set about transforming the space via the development arm of his business Hogarth Homes in partnership with Kingsmead Homes.
Applying for planning permission was a tricky business as the shop happens to be next door to St Thomas of Canterbury, a Grade II* Listed church designed by Pugin. Colin Reynolds, an architect at Hogarth said it was important that the apartments were designed as “a means of improving the relationship with the existing church, which is in the top 8 per cent of protected Listed buildings in the UK. We did that, not just by being sensitive to it, but by improving views of the steeple and spire and employing lots of interesting tricks.”
Over a year, the Victorian building underwent a dramatic change and now it’s two split level apartments across three storeys with a basement level. This floor and the top floor form the main, open plan entertaining spaces, largely because the former has a garden and the latter is flooded with lights. Two bedrooms reside on the middle floors, though the upper maisonette also has a study.
The main changes were made to the facade, getting rid of the tired tyre signage, removing the cornicing inside, reappointing the brickwork, re-rendering the original shop frontage and repainting it. The number of windows were nearly doubled to allow light to flood in and Ian Hogarth designed the lighting himself on the lower floors, creating an iPhone compatible RAKO programme lighting installation that owners can customise and a white, poured resin floor that reflects light.
On the top floor, a sunken Jacuzzi has been installed and the church steeple can be admired from the bathtub.
“They’re great flats for having folks around because they’ve got a bit of an art gallery feel to them now,” adds Reynolds.
The upper maisonette at 58 Rylston Road is on sale with Haus Properties for £1m. Call 020 7871 4242.