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Absolute Project Management project

Major renovation of Georgian Terrace, Islington

We were asked to advise on options and costs shortly after the client exchanged contracts for this 3 bedroom Georgian terrace. The previous rental property was tired and needed fairly extensive renovation throughout.

We enlisted the help of structural engineers and architects to get planning permission to change the top floor door configuration.  This change would flood the top floor lounge with light and improve the connection with the large, south-facing balcony. We worked with the Islington Conservation Team to agree an option that was sympathetic to the architecturally important area but also worked well for the client.

We designed and installed a new kitchen, reinstalled traditional features in the sitting room and bedrooms and re-worked a spacious but awkward office with mezzanine area into a quirky but comfortable study with raised library area. We also reorganised the ground floor utility space/ shower area into a functional utility area with separate, spacious shower room. A new misting system was installed into two areas to improve safety and adhere to current regulations.

We designed and sourced the colour, finishes and furnishing scheme throughout, including advising on artworks and placement.  The client and his partner lived at the property throughout the works, achieved through meticulous scheduling, clear communication with client and contractor and the client’s ability to tolerate dust!

Testimonial: “[I hired Absolute as I’d] not done a renovation before, so didn’t know the steps that needed to be taken nor in what order, [Absolute] reduced the probability of costly errors and extra stress.  [I also] trusted that the builders would be of higher quality if hired through a project manager due to the potential for significant repeat business (builders otherwise have little incentive to do a thorough job).

[Absolute had a] good clear planning process, including attention to detail and translating vague descriptions into concrete plans effectively, well laid out communications providing an understanding of what’s going on and clear action points to respond to (good when in a hurry/on holiday etc).  [the] end result I think exceeds what we’d thought we’d get when embarking on it (although ambitions probably increased through the project too).”

Project Date: May 2018 – October 2019