Taurus Building Solutions Ltd. - Smarter Construction

London Villa

Challenges

Build Budget – £480,000
Fittings Budget – £200,000

Bespoke Joinery Items Included:

  • Front doors
  • French doors in Accoya wood, used to guarantee against future movement
  • Sash windows
  • Vanity units in bathrooms
  • Internal parliament hinged doors
  • Wardrobes and dressing room
  • Stair case repairs and new hand rail

Structural Works:

The basement required further excavation to give adequate ceiling height and allow for modern insulation and damp proof membranes, as well as meet current Building Control Standards. The soil in the area is predominantly clay so particular attention had to be given to this area of the project.

The basement was extended to provide a family kitchen and dining area, completely open plan. To achieve this we used one of the largest steel beams we have ever put into a residential refurbishment!

The raised ground floor was also opened up to give one beautiful flowing space, with lots of natural light.

A side extension was added to allow for new basement stairs and additional wash rooms and plant rooms for heating equipment.

Restoration and Renovation:

Original cornice details were plaster cast and matched to replicate existing fragments found in the house. Details were then reinstated throughout and ceiling roses were added where required, in keeping with the integrity of the house.

The upper floor sash windows were not replaced, but all removed, repaired and re-corded and weighted. Some were fitted with slim light double glazing where required.

Central Heating System:

The system, including all pipe work, was renewed throughout, over all 4 floors.
Cast iron radiators were installed on the new high pressure system.
This was achieved using an accumulator tank to ensure pressure was satisfactory to all 5 bathrooms, when being used at the same time, even in conjunction with both dishwashers and washing machines!

Electrical Installation:

New electrical cat 5 cable was run as well as networks set up for privacy and cyber security. The system was designed by TBSL and the schematic was planned with the client prior to any installation. Enough space was also left on the new consumer unit for future circuits to be added for a garden room if required.

Kitchen:

The kitchen design was created by the interior designer and installed by TBSL, including associated plumbing and electrics.

Bathrooms:

All bathrooms had under floor heating, marble  and/or ceramic tiling, installed to TBSL CAD designs.

Vanity units specified by the interior designer but CAD drawn and made by TBSL were built using Accoya frames and marble/composite work tops, with undercount sinks.

Decorative Finishes:

The house was completely re-plastered to give the chosen Farrow and Ball paint finishes the best surface to be displayed to their full potential.

Wood flooring was installed throughout, as well as new skirting and architraves to match existing where necessary.

Porcelain tiles were installed with wet under floor heating throughout the basement, kitchen, dining, family area and hallways.

The exterior was completely re-pained and masonry/render repaired where necessary, as well as roof repairs required while a full scaffold was in place. Facias, soffits and guttering were all repaired or replaced where necessary.

Garden Landscaping:

Full external landscaping and planting was carried out.
TBSL also constructed the rear retaining wall and steps to decking area directly outside of the new basement extension.

Description

CLIENT
N/A
LOCATION
London, England
SURFACE ARES
450 M2
COMPLETED
2015
VALUE
£680,000
ARCHITECT
David Funnell

Planning

The project required 6 months of planning prior to any work taking place. The client’s interior designer designed the scheme, bespoke joinary and kitchen plan. TBSL then adapted the joinery to fit budgetary constraints and spacial realities and, developed the CAD plans for the bathrooms. The house had been broken up into separate units and needed complete re configuration to transform it back into the luxurious family home the clients desired.

THE REQUIREMENTS

A substantial renovation, restoration, rear and side extension project.

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