An Unlikely Zen Paradise in Central London? You Gotta See This!

Picture this: You, strutting your stuff down the bustling streets of London’s traditional East End, feeling all high and mighty because your home isn’t just another brick in the wall. Oh no, it’s nestled right in the bosom of Spitalfields, a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station. Smack-dab in the heart of the city! How about that for convenience? 

As you stride through the quiet hum of the small gated close, you spot your end of the terrace house, and it’s not just any old terrace house. Nah, it’s your renovated, revved-up, and rejuvenated haven that puts those original, cramped three-bedroom floor plans to shame. Those? They’re relics of a less imaginative past. 

You start by slipping into the front porch. Don’t be fooled – it’s not your average porch. It’s cloaked in a fashionable zinc dress that runs the full length of the frontage at ground level. It’s a proper catwalk for you to strut your stuff on, honey!

Inside, you’re met with a direct view straight to the rear zen garden, framed by an audacious single and expansive glass piece. Talk about having the outdoors at your fingertips! It’s like having your own live-action painting, isn’t it?

The interiors aren’t too shabby, either. You’ve got a long stretch of timber cabinetry extending from the entryway right into your cavernous kitchen. And yes, when I say cavernous, I mean it’s a veritable Indiana Jones treasure trove of storage, thanks in part to IKEA carcassing. And the budget? Well, let’s just say it’s got more zeroes at the end than a superhero movie franchise.

Now, the Japanese have a word, wabi-sabi, which means finding beauty in imperfection, simplicity, and the natural world. And that’s the soul of your home. Warm, calming, minimalist, with appliances so seamlessly integrated into the cabinetry, you’d think they’re on a top-secret mission. 

To keep the smells of your culinary experiments contained, we have a large blackened steel sliding door, which sounds more like a piece of high-tech spy equipment than a door. But hey, it does its job well. Sealing off the kitchen or opening it up, depending on the social vibes of the day. 

We’ve got this timber motif running through the entire home, from the bespoke dining bench to the storage in the basement. It’s like we went full Timberlake, bringing sexy back one timber piece at a time.

Now, we all know the heart of the home lies in its garden, right? So, why not have one that evokes the peace and tranquility of a Japanese zen garden? Picture a pale rakestone surface reflecting light into your home, a fish pond serenading you with its soft murmurs, drowning out the city’s clamor. Now, that’s a staycation spot!

Now, let’s take this adventure downstairs to the family room. It’s not just a room; it’s a multifunctional paradise. A chill-out area by day and a secretive entertainment system by night that lets you watch your favorite shows. It’s like your house is playing hide and seek with you, and you love it!

And let’s not forget the unique shower space, totally free from prying eyes. It’s got the atmosphere of an outdoor cave under a waterfall showerhead. So, you can feel like you’re bathing in a rainforest while being smack dab in the center of London. Go figure!

Upstairs, the bedrooms scream luxury, cocooning you in warm timber and bright walls with full-height door frames that make the rooms look as tall as your aspirations. Sneak further up, and you’ll find the master bedroom, the jewel in the crown, with a huge picture window that lets you lord over your cityscape and a secret pocket balcony for intimate rendezvous with the stars. 

But the pièce de résistance? A cave-like bath experience. You can soak yourself to oblivion in a full-sized bathtub tucked into the eaves. Your own private grotto in the heart of the city. 

This house is all about clever usage of space. It’s about transforming the ordinary into extraordinary. It’s your sanctuary in the urban jungle, your oasis of tranquility amidst the city bustle. Because with a home like this, who needs to leave for greener pastures? This IS the dream, my friend. Welcome home.

Project Name: Spitalfields House | Architect: Common Ground Workshop

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