As the Autumn days get shorter we are entering the final weeks of completing an Orangery style extension on a Grade II listed house in London, W4.
The project sits within the area protected by The Bedford Park Society, whose former patron, the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, was a passionate about Victorian architecture.
A bespoke lantern rooflight will flood light into the new family kitchen whilst also creating a stunning architectural feature. Sash windows and timber cladding will ensure the final finish will be beautiful, entirely in keeping with it’s Victorian heritage.
Undertaking any work on listed buildings, or indeed properties in conservation areas requires a team to truly care about the building and the finish.
We’ve worked on many historical buildings, from the former home of Harold Pinter, to renovating apartments within a 19th Century French convalescent home, to the traditional restoration of a Regency terrace that had been unloved for decades.
One great example of blending both traditional and contemporary design was the development of a former Grade II listed Coach House in Brighton, Sussex.
The exterior is a triumph, with beautiful lead railings, stone finials and magnificent doors.
Step inside and it’s cool white interior and sleek contemporary kitchen are far from traditional, with just exposed beams giving a nod towards it’s 19th Century heritage.
Plus, the addition of a green roof garden with it’s high specification walk on glass, cleverly makes up for the lack of a traditional garden in this stunning home.
Listed buildings are so because they are historically significant, however that doesn’t mean they can only be restored and never changed.
If a property’s condition is such that change will be sympathetic, whilst preserving and retaining it’s historical value, then it is simply a case of understanding and patiently working through the requirements of listed building consent.
Restoring buildings to, and beyond, their former glory is a joy. The care, attention to detail and craftsmanship required is significant but then so is the satisfaction of a job well done.