This house had been unoccupied for 10 years or more. Our clients owned the house but did not occupy it, nor did they intend occupying it. Their asset was losing value and falling into a derelict state. They decided to have the house renovated for rental to maintain it in good condition and receive an income from their asset.
Our brief was to repair the damaged building fabric and to bring it up to modern building standards with insulation, modern heating etc. The design brief was to prepare the house for rental. The design choices were therefore reasonably conservative in order to appeal to the broadest possible market.
As this property was a rental there wasn’t the usual level of input from the client at design stage. Layout alterations were agreed first and a our interior designer Penny was given a clear design brief in terms of finishes. We were left to select all finishes ourselves and present them for approval by the client. Where possible the few original design features were retained, such as the interior doors and fireplaces.
Construction began with a strip out of the existing house and removal of all damaged building fabric. This was followed by stabilisation works and repairs such as re-roofing and treatment of rot. Once that was done we carried out a typical RENOVA Deep Retrofit renovation. On this project we also did a significant package of external works including entrance, driveway, rear patio and gardens. Construction took 16 weeks.