Our clients purchased this substantial property in Hove which was located within a highly sought after, quiet, residential area within the city. Thought to have been originally built in the 1930’s, it had been left empty and uninhabited for more than two years. Badly neglected since it’s last refurbishment in the seventies, there was much rot and water damage and all of the existing timber and upvc windows and doors required urgent replacement, upgrading them with timber double glazed alternatives with security ironmongery. Originally intended for separating into two plots, they rescued the house, tennis court, swimming pool and landscaped gardens and have transformed them into a safe and spacious family home close to the centre of town.
Once the building contractor had completely gutted the property, we were invited to tender for replacement joinery which included wooden windows, both traditional sliding sash style on the front elevation and casement style windows on the rear elevation, several sets of timber bi-folding doors, hardwood roof lanterns, French doors and a redesigned front door and frame. The original pool house was to become a large kitchen and family room, opening out onto the pool area with a large set of bi-folding doors and two roof lanterns above to replace the ugly, aluminium structure in the original building.
The grand entranceway, which required additional natural lighting, was fitted with a new set of double doors with borrowed light above and two small roof lanterns above the entrance hallway which transformed a dark and gloomy space into a light and bright entrance to the property.
Timber shutters on the timber sliding sash windows at the front of the property enhance the appearance of the windows whilst offering additional security and privacy.
New replacement hardwood front doors complement the grand entrance with its pillars and portico above. The doors were designed to have three raised and fielded panels in each with bolection mould around each panel. The borrowed light above was double glazed with stick on fine glazing bead to add a feature to the direct glazed panel.
The renovation of the pool house, stripping away the ugly lantern and sliding patio doors and replacing these with two hardwood roof lanterns and custom-made bi-folding doors, all glazed with Pilkington Activ Neutral solar control and easy clean glass, has created a large open plan kitchen and family room opening out into the landscaped garden and new rectangular shaped pool which was being painted at the time of the photographs.
This major refurbishment has created a beautiful, contemporary, family home for Tim, Kay and their two young boys. Where there was once a tired, dated building which was more suited to a party lifestyle, there is now a very stylish, spacious and comfortable home painted in soft Farrow and Ball colours and accessorised with carefully selected furniture, modern art and fabrics which add tone and texture to the overall interior design of the property.
- 01 Dec 2014
- Bi-folding doors, Roof lanterns & Orangeries