Previously occupied by a bachelor with 'rather dated' tastes in styling a home (we're talking flooring, lighting and bathroom fittings, as well as kitchen appliances), the apartment was then bought by a retired woman who had recently divorced.
A desire to move to London and be closer to her children and grandchildren inspired the purchase, and she quickly determined that a top-to-toe refurb was needed for the flat.
Budget: Joinery: £34,500 (plus VAT - including cabinetry, wardrobes, shelving units, a custom-made bed, mirrored bathroom cabinetys, a coat wardrobe and TV unit); £2,000 for the kitchen and bathroom worktops; £6,000 for the bathroom fixtures and fittings; £3,500 for the flooring; £30,000 +VAT for the building works, radiators and redecoration.
The whole apartment required a top-to-toe overhaul, with the occupant's daughter-in-law recommending Barbara Genda and her team as the people to help.
Over to Barbara! "Initially the brief was to update the flat a little with new kitchen and bathrooms and improve the wardrobe, but it soon became apparent that the whole flat needed to be updated," she tells us. "We were appointed to provide all the new joinery but also unusually asked to run a refurbishment – including the bathrooms."
Barbara continues: "We actually took over the job, prepared plans for new layout of the apartment, closing off a door to the kitchen, demolishing the ugly bar and wall between the living room and kitchen, enlarging the en-suite bathroom and converting unusable shower room into a guest loo. We also designed the furniture and fitted joinery, selected all the flooring, fittings and tiles in the bathroom, as well as re-fitting the reconfigured kitchen".
Planning and design work began in August, with work on-site commencing in October. The homeowner was able to move in in early March, following a collaborative effort from the builders at Domi Developments and the team at BG Furniture, who were enlisted to help with the project.
The aesthetic that runs through the space is clean and bright: "key to the look are lots of grey tones, including the flooring, and plenty of storage".
Barbara's favourite detail? One that ties in with the whole purpose of the flat - namely, the homeowner being closer to her family. "I love the day-bed we designed for the guest bedroom," she tells us. "It was created for the homeowner's granddaughter to use when she sleeps over."
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