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TBS in The Times – Moving up: return of the piano noble

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09 Jul 2018  |   Mark Lawson

Entertainment spaces are usually at the top a purchaser’s wish list. Mark Lawson speaks to The Times about why the Piano Nobile, the principle floor of a grand house, is making a come back.

Mark Lawson Partner at The Buying Solution says; “Developers and architects are constantly being challenged to create something out of the ordinary with a nod to tradition and heritage – a neo period design that ‘stands out’. A Piano Nobile level can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Nowadays day to day entertainment areas such as  cinemas, bowling alleys, gyms and swimming pools are often positioned on a  lower ground floor . An approach upstairs to a  statement main floor level for the main reception rooms and a master suite can look extremely impressive in a grand residence. The raised level provides longer  views which will further enhance the design and enjoyment of the main areas, which after all are the most used rooms and where the owners like to entertain and impress.”

Although the term ‘Piano Nobile’ might have gone out of fashion, entertaining on the first floor particularly in Georgian style properties is very much in vogue. Developers such as Northacre and Clivedale, who have launched prime schemes in London, have positioned some of their grandest apartments across the Piano Nobile levels. Jane Austen would have been very familiar with this design particularly in Bath and it’s one which is very much here to stay.

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