Renovation of a period home in Holland Park W14

  • Original construction around 1860
  • Exceptional and original period features
  • Ceiling height 3.88m
For our case study, we have selected this project because it challenged the skills of our craftsmen. The property contained an abundance of classical period features typical in the grand houses of Holland Park. In addition to the renovation, our brief was in great part restoration.
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Cornices & Other plasterwork: a thick layer of paint concealed nearly all of the ornate detail. So the first part was labour intensive – to remove the paint without damaging the cornices. Then, fine tools were used to pick out the tiny bits of debris to restore the plasterwork to its original splendour. One section of about 4 feet was damaged; a remould was made and cast by outside specialists so that the repair is now invisible.
Skirting Boards : The existing 35cm skirting boards were beyond repair. we had the original profile reproduced in two hardwood sections to create the results shown here – no gaps, no cracks, flush to the parquet floor.
Fireplace : the original Acanthus fireplace was thick with grime and nicotine. The marble was meticulously cleaned as recommended by the V & A Museum. The fireback taken back to brick and repointed.
Shutters : The original shutters were found boxed in and stuck fast. We eased them and discovered original hinges, catches and bolts which we restored to full working order.
Sash Windows : Taken out of casings, sills repaired with sapele hardwood. The sashes were lined with brushes and the windows re-glazed with plate. Finally the pulley weights were adjusted to leave a smooth draught-free action.
Radiators : These were removed off-site to be sandblasted, pressure tested & dipped in Farrow & Ball paint to match skirting.
Pivot Window : This tiny window was jammed in. We released and repaired it so that it gives natural ventilation to the boiler room.
Tiling : The parquet firm gave us a precise depth for laying floor tiles in the kitchen & bathrooms. When the parquet was eventually laid they met our tiles with zero tolerance.
Mezzanine : An attractive mezzanine was created for additional storage and as a feature. Access is by way of a solid oak set of bespoke steps with grooved treads; this clips against the wardrobe when not in use and leaves the bedroom floor clear of obstructing fixed steps or stairs. Another brilliant solution by our consultant designer!

β€œIt was a joy to work with you and your team. Your design consultant in particular was full of clever but practical ideas, while the period features were lovingly restored. The money side was never an issue, because the work was always on schedule. The final result will give us pleasure for many years yet. Finally, thank you for delivering on budget and on time – well done Vasile and the team !β€œ

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