The couple who dwell within the airy walls of this spacious flat moved in around 18 months ago, knowing from the off that a complete overhaul was going to be necessary in order to create the space they truly wanted.
Having not been modernised since the 1950s, the home was in desperate need of some TLC - and a clever re-imagining, too. Also important was the 'vibe' created, with the couple keen to create a space that looked contemporary but still felt cosy and warm, too.
The project in a nutshell
The property: A 19th-century built duplex apartment, nestled within a five-storey terraced house
"The main aim was to open up the kitchen," explains Michael Schienke, who was brought on-board to breathe new life into the property. "The couple also wanted to improve the master bedroom, as well as adding an ensuite; there was also a desire to create a large patio space, too."
The cook-zone is incredibly important to the occupants, who tell us: "We wanted an open-plan kitchen and living space. Sleeping time aside, you normally spend about 80% of your time at home in these areas, so they have to be perfect".
A warm timber floor, white Shaker-style cabinetry and a beige-toned worktop were chosen to breathe fresh life into the kitchen, with the new layout flooding the space with glorious natural light.
Original features - such as stained glass windows and a fireplace - were kept in the living space, adding an extra dose of period charm to the room. An auction-sourced 1970s-era chandelier brings a shimmer of retro charm to the space.
The kitchen wasn't the sole focus: also made-over was the master bedroom, which had an ensuite added. The guest bathroom had a sprinkle of magic scattered over it, too, with the stand-out detail arguably that gold tap - a hand-me-down from the owner's mother.
The architecture of the bedrooms were taken into consideration when redesigning, with Michael emphasising the importance of natural light. "We actually needed to remove a dividing wall straight to the rear bay window," he explains. "This allows more light to stream into the bedroom."
On the subject of monetary matters, the couple admit they expected to be over-budget by the end of the project: "mistakes were made by ordering the wrong item or ordering too many materials," they say.
Their advice for making sure you stick on-target with your spend? "Have a fixed budget for each room," they reveal. "Stick to that figure and prioritise what's important. Think twice if you need a £700 tap! Make sure you measure everything correctly, so you don't over-order materials."