Jan 12, 2017

Reflecting on 2016

From creating art studios to basement extensions, large scale renovations and new builds, 2016 has been a busy year and full of interesting projects. 

Our patience and expertise in working on historical buildings has come to the fore throughout the year, working on many Grade II listed homes and projects within tightly governed conservation areas. 

We rebuilt a large part of the front elevation on this double fronted home in SW17.

The original hard carved brick motifs were carefully removed in small sections, catalogued, repaired and reattached to the new section of the house.  Having restored many of the Queen Anne style features to exacting detail, we also created a stunning, light filled extension to the rear as well as extending the basement to create further space.  In addition we reconfigured the upstairs installing a range of bathrooms and a bespoke dressing room.

Increasing natural light, and bringing the outside in, has remained a popular trend, with glass extensions and glass roof lights continuing to form part of many of our project designs.  From walk-over glass roofs to sourcing the perfect roof lantern for a Chiswick Orangery, our technical procurement team have had a great year sourcing high quality products and solutions that help to create these light filled family spaces.

What a difference a year makes.

This Balham home now has a spacious and light kitchen with room to entertain and relax, finished just in time for a perfect Christmas.

The ‘modern’ trends of the 1960’s and 1970’s have continued to surface throughout the year. Removing the suspended ceiling in this Hove apartment has created an incredible sense of space in this long kitchen.

Restoring the intricate plasterwork and creating successful storage, this living room has regained it's period grandeur but with a modern edge.

Our roofing team let their creativity soar throughout the year with some stunning lead work, designing unique lead finials, secret lead hips and more.  Proving that whilst we often recommend clients consider the technical brilliance of single ply membrane, that lead remains a hard wearing and beautiful choice for period properties or interesting new builds such as the one below.

Below is the rear exterior of a full house renovation in Chelsea, as it looked in October 2015.

We don't want to give too much away about the substantial work we have undertaken here during 2016.  Using Internationally renowned colour consultant Joa Studholme to develop the scheme and having chosen some incredible British products such as Element 7 flooring and Lusso Stone, perhaps giving a small hint as to how fabulous this home will be when it’s completed in the Spring.  

Our heating engineering team have installed a range of beautiful bathrooms, countless metres of underfloor heating and kitchen designs continue to incorporate a 'coveted' boiling water tap.  Plus smart sensor lighting, appliances and the best security systems have kept our electrical engineering team busy too.  Not forgetting our in-house tree surgeon who has also been working hard on our exciting plans to improve our carbon footprint.

On the East Sussex coast we completed an annexe for the family to live in whilst undertaking the substantial rebuild of their original house.  This exciting build is well underway, the house has been stripped back, fully underpinned and the new 750kg oak beams will go in place next week.  Plus this super cool kids bedroom will soon have a climbing wall in place to access the incredible mezzanine bed.

Successful storage solutions are absolutely key to great home design and the work of our highly skilled in-house joinery team has been second to none.  

From libraries to dressing rooms, boot rooms to simply incorporating beautiful shelving in clever corners, every room has been finished to the highest standard.

2017 is already in full swing, follow us on Twitter and Houzz to see further updates on these and many more exciting projects.

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