What House? looks inside a high-end executive family home, Magnolia House in Chiswick from Aquinna Homes

February 2017
Aquinna Homes have a gem of an executive family home in Chiswick, West London which the WhatHouse? team has selected as the focus for the show home room by room feature this week. Set in gated grounds, with parking for two cars, close to Gunnersbury underground station on the district line, which means central London is just 30 minutes away, the property offers space and style in a traditionally designed detached home in West London. Magnolia House has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen living area leading onto a private patio garden, formal drawing and dining rooms, a study, cloakroom toilet, utility/ laundry room and a storage room on every floor. The exterior of the property features red brick facades, slate roofs and wooden sash windows that are carefully blended in with new-build technology that helps maximise the flow of light and space with the use of double doors and lightwells on both the top floor and lower ground. Magnolia House is set within its own secluded gardens and the lower ground floor includes a contemporary kitchen, part of a large open-plan space which has huge potential for family entertaining, has a glazed façade that can be opened up onto a leafy courtyard with a Italianate fountain, reminiscent of its grander neighbours Chiswick House and Kew. Interior designer Cathryn Holmes from Aquinna Homes has combined earthy and neutral colour palettes with natural wood and stone-effect finishes. Standout features include bespoke hardwood designer kitchens with a lightwell above, built-in wardrobes concealed within the wall and full-length bi-fold doors that open the kitchen living space to the outdoors. Ground floor living space: "This room has combined earthy and neutral colour palettes with natural wood, stone-effect finishes and Italianate features, reminiscent of its grander neighbours Chiswick House and Kew, to create a light, natural feel to this informal living space which leads through full-length bi-fold doors to an outdoor courtyard." Dining room: "Elegant and sophisticated tones of plum, silver and taupe, combined with crystal, mirrored glass, velvet and silk help to create a sense of exclusivity in this luxury dining space for more formal entertaining." Formal drawing room: "Calm tones of white combined with subtle dashes of orange and blue with a nod to Scandinavia style create a relaxed, everyday feel to this formal drawing room." Master Bedroom: "A tranquil ambience has been created in this vast, spacious master bedroom using champagne toned curtains, luxury padded headboard, sumptuous throws and lampshades. Furniture is minimalist to emphasise the relaxing simplicity of the room, and includes a lounge space for quiet contemplation." Set within the Thorney Hedge Conservation area, these traditional town houses blend seamlessly into this historic neighbourhood of leafy tree lined avenues. Wooden sash windows, London Stock Flemish bond brickwork and detached gable end pitched slate roof all reflect the local vernacular architecture, whilst fully utilising the latest technology in new-build house innovation. The property location allows easy access in and out of London via the A4, M4 and A40.