Date:05 Feb 2019

Renovated Victorian flat for Art Deco ceramics collectors

Work carried-out: A Listed Building Consent was submitted for some changes to internal room arrangements on the top floor of this mid-19th Century building.   The progress of the work depended on negotiations with the Conservation Officer, Building Control and the Managing Agents.   There was a negotiated contract with a builder and separately with both a joinery company, for the many bespoke hand-made furniture items that they provided, and a home automation company.

Project description: The brief was to reconfigure the existing accommodation to make it a two Bedroom flat with En-suites, Living / Dining Room, Media Room, enlarged Kitchen and Utility Room, Office and Store.   Two addresses had been converted into flats in the 1920’s and throughout the building were references to this era.   The clients collect ceramics – primarily tea and coffee sets from the 1930’s which they wanted to display well along with paintings and framed prints.   They also have lots of books and are very interested in art and architecture in particular.   A dedicated room for enjoying TV, movies and music was also important.

Apart from various structural repairs needed in the roof and insulation, uncovering a hidden window and replacing all the other windows like for like, a complete re-plumb and re-wire (including a home automation system) the flat had various issues with leaks and damp penetration and earlier attempts to resolve this had not been successful, so a special ventilated cavity system which was used on all external walls.   This was integrated with specially designed room joinery with a deco feel so that ventilation slots were well-disguised.   This treatment was extended to cornices and door mouldings to integrate the look and feel.   Colours were chosen from a particular colour study by early 2oth century artist Ozenfant to produce a serene and relaxed set of interiors.   The blue matches the sky on a sunny day and the mauve grey colour in the Media Room resonates with the slate roofs opposite.

The main furniture items were designed and then with the Specialist Joiner the further detail was developed, leading onto manufacture and installation to a very high standard.   The Master Bedroom wardrobes and Living / Dining Room display cabinets had references to a 1930’s ocean liner liner whilst the office had a more modern Memphis style.   The Master En-suite was lined with Carrara marble and the smaller one fully tiled.

Contractor: Pat Plumstead

Specialist Joinery: Workhaus

Home Automation: PowerPlant