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A small renovation project to a period apartment in Whitechapel was completed with the addition of bespoke joinery to provide additional storage in the form of a large window bench that doubles to provide seating for the dining table. The project was carried out under difficult time constraints and on a very tight budget.
We first met the owners Alex and Catherine in May 2014, having been recommended by a previous client. They brought to us their elegant wreck: an enormous, 8-bedroom Edwardian villa that had previously been the home of a multi-generational family. Before that it had been bedsits. All told, we were presented with the aftermath of 30+ years of neglect and disinterest. The utter magnitude of the place meant that even basic renovations were going to cost a small fortune.
When the family and had outgrown their previous property, the couple embarked on a full house refurbishment of a large house in Holland Park. The plan was to open up the entire space, creating a master-suite in the roof and provide maximum access to the communal gardens. As Catherine is an artist, a glass fronted studio which would allow natural light to flood in, and was high on the list of priorities.
The apartment had not been touched for twenty five years. It was tired, the services were old and a full refurbishment was required. The building was brick and concrete, it was an Edwardian mansion block and there were lots of flats to try and keep happy through the noisy dusty works.
The project involves partial refurbishment to a new-build flat in Dalston. New kitchen in marble effect Dekton, herringbone oak flooring and bathroom tiles bring intricate textures and materiality. Brass floor trims are used to separate porcelain from oak surfaces, whilst brass bathroom sanitary-ware and joinery made of oak and copper add to the rich material palette.