This beautiful Edwardian house has all its original features, e.g. layout, fireplaces, covings, joinery, switches plates etc. Our challenge was to modernise the house to make it comfortable and energy efficient. We also opened up the dining space to the living room and opened up the back of the house for access and a view to the garden. It was a priority for our clients to preserve the existing period features.
The kitchen and dining room layout was slightly modified and large French doors with a glass screen were installed in the new opening at the rear elevation to visually connect these rooms with the garden. Also, the dining room was opened up to the living room by double sliding pocket doors. The existing ceiling coving and fireplaces were restored. The bathroom was modernised. The cement render on the rear elevation was replaced, but not painted to maintain the original appearance.
The house received a full suite of retrofit works. Walls, roof and floor void were insulated, and air tightness introduced to eliminate draughts. A new heating system was installed and the house re-wired. Ventilation was brought up to current standards.
The Finished House
Our clients now have the best of both worlds. The house is comfortable and the layout modernised, but it still retains its beautiful Edwardian style features.