This was the restoration and extension of a three storey townhouse built in 1846. An attractive house with beautiful proportions, it had undergone a lot of work in the ‘60s that had removed features and then had not been touched since. The new owners wanted to be able to share the house with friends and family so the priority was to return it’s 19thCentury charm, but make it a modern, sociable space. We were employed to design and subsequently renovate and restore the period charm, add a mansard roof extension, extend the ground floor and, after a stroke of genius on our part, add a 4thfloor to the closet wing extension. Our team provided a comprehensive project management service from initial ideas, to the full build, through to the full interior design. The success of the project was based on openness and honesty. It can be hard for clients to choose a builder as there is so much bad press, but possibly the most important element is to establish trust. We’re grateful that these clients were able to do this from the start. Whenever surprises presented themselves (they always will), they trusted our recommendations. Regular site visits occurred, communication kept regular via phone and brief minutes and agreements put into emails. The budget was updated and tracked fortnightly.As much as clients choose us, we choose to work with them based on their respect for the trade and for their desire for things done properly, without cutting corners. We operate safely, we use good quality product, we value our safety and take pride in the finished article.
When we took on this project, the house was derelict after being neglected for years. The stairs had collapsed, ceiling joists had fallen into the kitchen and the garden was an overgrown jungle. We saw the potential in what had been a grand house and wanted to give it a new lease of life.The project was highly extensive, requiring the entire house to be stripped back to the bare brickwork inside. We then added a large two storey extension and completely re-configured and re-built the interior to be suitable for modern family living.We had a lot of fun designing the layout, the kitchen, utility and three bathrooms for the house. Not an inch of the house was left untouched. Projects like this demonstrate how our team can deal with every trade and carry out all aspects of home improvement to an outstanding level.
Located on the prestigious Calthorpe Estate, this elegant Grade II listed Georgian property was built around 1850, with extensions added during the late Victorian period.The building was bought by our clients, who's twins had been born just before the project, with the intention of making it their long-term home. We were chosen to undertake the task of making it perfect for them.Our brief was to completely restore and renovate the house to suit a modern, growing family. This included external landscaping and lighting, a complete slate roof replacement as well as many internal alterations: a loft conversion, stunning wine cellar, several new bathrooms to service each of the bedrooms, new heating and electrical systems, replacement windows, restoring original features to their former glory and upgrading the detached coach house to become an apartment for the nanny.This ambitious project involved a full compliment of building professionals, including a design team, tradespeople and craftsmen, including a stonemason, stained glass artist and cabinet makers.Attention to detail was a high priority for this project – matching designs of coving and joinery to provide repairs and exclusive hand-painted ‘de Gournay’ wallpaper adorns several walls. We are particularly proud of the brand new staircase leading to the newly constructed loft conversion, which gives the impression of being an original feature of the house by re-interpreting features elsewhere in the house. The space for these was taken from part of the main bathroom, designed and crafted closely on the original Georgian staircase, helping the loft conversion feel like a genuine part of the original home. Quirky secret panelling provides privacy from and access to the guest wing. It shows a personal touch as well as perfect hiding places and adventure for little boys as they play.Our hard work on this project was recognised by the Federation of Master Builders, who awarded it best Heritage Project at the Midland Master Builder Awards 2017. Find our more about the Midland & South West awards here.
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