Andy and Jane got in touch with Ark as they’d had a survey done on the front of their house and discovered it needed structural attention. After dreadful experiences with builders in the past, they were extremely wary, so Ark worked particularly hard to earn their trust and confidence.
Renovation of Victorian front façade and bay sash windows.
A structural engineer had reported that the front elevation had separated from the rest of the house with the result that the whole face had to be taken down, from the roof apex to the ground. It transpired that the steels had rotted at the base, so the wooden windows had been holding up the front of the house! The project therefore involved meticulous rebuilding, matching in with the original pebble dashing and replacing individual bricks that had deteriorated. New hardwood sash windows were fabricated and installed along with the new steel work. Removing the front of the house meant the master bedroom and living room were open to the elements so Ark worked hard to minimise the stress and disruption to the family who continued to live in the property during the build. Ark’s decorating division then painted the exterior to a high finish.
Sussex loft conversion
Having also rebuilt Andy and Jane’s trust, Ark were then instructed to design and build the Brighton based loft conversion. The process began with Ark working with Andy and Jane on plans which would incorporate a guest bedroom, en suite and an office area for Andy. Architectural drawings were produced and the final design approved.
This Brighton home was ideal for a dormer loft conversion and due to the high roof pitch had plenty of height for generous ceilings. There was enough space at the top of the stair landing for Andy’s office, as well as a large double bedroom. With the loft conversion completed the couple commissioned Ark to complete the transformation with a keen eye on the details. Andy wanted the new skirting and architrave to blend in with the rest of the property so a special cutter was made to make sure it all matched perfectly. The homeowners also commissioned bespoke fitted wardrobes into the eaves to maximise storage space in the new bedroom.
The en suite bathroom proved a design challenge with its small proportions and sloping ceiling yet Andy and Jane didn’t want to scrimp on the designer details. Loose fitted furniture was commissioned to maximise the available space and also give the couple exactly what they wanted. The striking lime green lacquer against the chocolaty tones of the dark wood works fantastically well – a real style statement with plenty of space for towels and toiletries. Andy and Jane chose a designer suite from Porcelanosa, which was then ordered and installed by Ark, and its sleek lines really give the wow factor. On a more practical level, under floor heating throughout negates the need for a radiator – an especially wise choice in small spaces.
Out on the hallway the beautiful winding staircase was continued all the way up to the new top floor, with square turned spindles, manufactured to match in with the rest of the house. The couple chose designer wallpaper from Cole and Son that has a powerful visual impact going up the height of the stairs.
LED down lighters were used throughout the conversion to give off a warm light. We recommend them for lofts as they need replacing very infrequently and as well as using a fraction of the electricity of other systems, they produce little heat. Again, this is ideal for lofts, which are prone to feel warm anyway, particularly in summer.
The rest of the house
The couple were now on a roll and looked to renovate other areas in their Brighton home. Ark were duly employed to makeover the family bathroom which involved a full rib out and installation of a new suite. The proportions of the room lent themselves nicely to having the bath boxed in and tiled all round with a discreet tiled access panel on the side. A large walk-in shower with a stylish low profile tray fitted snugly on the left hand side with a luxurious rainshower. The couple chose stunning handmade tiles from Winchester Tiles which have an amazing high gloss glaze and help make this small room feel light and elegant. Ark also installed under floor heating and a heated towel rail for maximum comfort.
After the front of the house had been renovated, the living room and bedroom needed attention. The front living room was stripped and re-plastered and the Artex ceiling skimmed over. Ark then installed a new fireplace and restored the chimney ready to take a real fire again. The room was decorated with Farrow and Ball paint and for a modern look we painted the doors and architrave in the same Drainpipe Grey as the walls. Designers Guild wallpaper in the alcoves completes the transformation and to finish the job, Ark’s decorating division painted and wallpapered the master bedroom, landing and hallways.