Some extraordinary homes
Completely restored and reimagined, this is one of Whitstable’s most iconic and prominent heritage buildings on the sea front. The façade was sympathetically altered, enhancing its period features and blending new additions to create a family home extended to over 6,000 square feet of luxury living.
Major structural alterations and building was required to increase space and open up the rooms which had been altered and sub divided over the years. The highest quality joinery, state of the art electrical installation, home technology and heating were incorporated, blending both period and contemporary details. Finished and decorated with a truly unique interior, we worked with our client to design, make and install bespoke cabinetry in the bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms which included hand crafted tiles and parquet flooring throughout. As well as commissioning bespoke leaded glass windows and and hand knotted silk rugs, new decorative plaster archways, cornice and mouldings were fitted, inspired by the grandeur and age of the property.
Using the bones of this tired and dilapidated 1930’s property we created a bold addition to one of Whitstable’s most sought after addresses. The house was designed for entertaining both inside and out, making the most of the far reaching views over the adjoining golf course. The formation of sunken garden at the entrance added to the dramatic sense of scale, in proportion to the exceptionally spacious and modern interior where we maximised square footage by extending on three elevations and replaced the roof to incorporate a master suite with private living room.
Overcoming the hurdles of the property being set within a conservation area and flood zone due to it’s proximity to the beach was a challenge. Restricted access to the site meant most commercial vehicles were prohibited so this was a logistical challenge which we solved.
Located on the beach within this premier terrace, a comprehensive refurbishment was required in order to remove a five storey structural chimney breast situated in the middle of this property, blocking the direct sea views from many of the rooms. Keeping only the four outer walls, the property was completely stripped out whereby one could stand in the basement and look up through the empty building to the sky above.
Our clients’ passion for period features and the highest quality craftsmanship enabled us to build modern open plan spaces suited to their requirements whilst retaining its historical character to their tastes. Taking inspiration from more complete properties along the terrace, original features which had sadly been removed by previous owners were replaced along with new joinery, plumbing, heating, plasterwork and flooring. The addition of reclaimed fireplaces and radiators added to the ambience of this large and beautiful holiday home.
This refurbishment, as with many Victorian properties, begun with resolving an ongoing problem with rising damp. A poorly installed solid concrete floor was removed from the basement and new suspended floor reinstated along with tanked walls to create two bright and airy guest bedrooms and bathroom in what was an undesirable area of the home. A comprehensive renovation of the entire house followed with replacement kitchen, bathrooms and flooring along with new joinery, giving a calm and tranquil feel to this elegant property.