OXFORD GARDENS CONSERVATION AREA W10
Full refurb, Interior fit out
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.
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.”
Structural Engineer: Ian Harban Consulting Engineers
Photography: Rachael Smith Photography
SP Imperial Homes
Metalwork: Bradwell blacksmiths
Ironmongery: G Johns
Tiling: Mandarin Stone
Specialist Lighting: Jean Prouve
Specialist Lighting: Nordlux
If you have a project in mind we’d be very happy to help you bring it to life.