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Mono cHrOME

OXFORD GARDENS CONSERVATION AREA W10

Date

2019-2021

Client

Private

Sector

Homes

Architecture

Full refurb, Interior fit out

Interiors

Kitchen, Joinery & Bathrooms, Curation

Our client could not afford to move but had outgrown the existing compact 2 bedroom flat in a mid-terrace property resulting in full flat refurbishment in Oxford Gardens Conservation Area in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC).

The very best where interior architecture and interior design meets is what you can expect from the Variant Office team. An absolute dream working alongside Ash who will push the design ideas and concepts to the maximum. 

― Omar & Rosanna 

The clients brief was to refurbish the property and add another bedroom if possible. Through careful interrogation of the sections through the outrigger, we were able to squeeze in a new bedroom with additional storage.

To do so we lowered the ceiling in the corridor & bathroom & installed a shallow floor structure to maximise the space both in and below the room.

The addition of the extra bedroom allowed the clients to continue to live in the area, where they had established roots.

By opening up cellular living spaces & removing the redundant ceiling under an existing loft conversion, we were able to create a modern open plan living space with a feature stair. the extra height adds a grandeur not seen in similar properties in the area.

All the materials were chosen for their “Wabi-Sabi” appeal. A palette of Blackened steel & oiled black Valchromat contrasting with the white concrete and light walls form the basis of the design which gave the house a strong monochromatic graphic. .

The simplicity of the processing of these materials allowed our client to work with the blacksmith to prepare and blacken the stairs himself, connecting him with the process of designing and building their own home.

We focussed on the little details to deliver a wonderful set of spaces that were elegant yet cost effective.

 

“From the start of the project I was involved and included. Throughout the process, any questions I had, were answered promptly, effectively, reassuringly and sensitively. I had some ideas of the concept of the renovation of the house and Ashvin incorporated these ideas and developed them into a design that flows and works seamlessly and easily with designated areas within an open plan living space. I was challenged by Ashvin to look at different ideas, concepts, and materials, some of which I would not have considered and was supported in going with them. A sign that the architect had the vision and confidence to see that the house would work not only in function but visually.

I was challenged by Ashvin to look at different ideas, concepts, and materials, some of which I would not have considered and was supported in going with them. A sign that the architect had the vision and confidence to see that the house would work not only in function but visually. His knowledge of all the legal elements of the project supported the ease of planning and construction and throughout the whole process.

The site is challenging and again his vision of what would work without compromising the design was a sign of both his skill, knowledge, and professionalism. Now the project has finished and on time and within budget, I have a magnificent home both inside and out. It sits beautifully and sensitively within the site and its environment. A home in which it is a joy to live. I have no hesitation in recommending Variant Office to anyone contemplating any project.”

Kate

Project Team

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Structural Engineer: Ian Harban Consulting Engineers

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Photography: Rachael Smith Photography

Main Contractor

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SP Imperial Homes

Sub Contractor

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Metalwork: Bradwell blacksmiths

Suppliers

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Ironmongery: G Johns

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Tiling: Mandarin Stone

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Specialist Lighting: Jean Prouve

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Specialist Lighting: Nordlux

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