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Absolute Project Management project

Renovation and reconfiguration of a listed building, Islington

Design and project management of reconfiguration and updating of a listed building in this Islington Georgian terrace, improving the layout of the house and injecting some beautiful colours and furnishings. The clients wanted to ‘move’ a new bathroom from one floor to another, create a stylish new bedroom for a teenager, refresh the main bedroom and make over the main reception areas of the house. We produced detailed designs of the reconfigured areas to maximise use of space and ensure colour was used to beautiful effect.

The ‘swap’ of bathroom and bedroom included fairly complex plumbing work, including rerouting of pipework and drainage, a new boiler and installation of a secondary return.  We worked closely with the contractor to ensure this work didn’t affect any historically important elements of the house and to allow the family to remain in occupation during most of the project. We worked with our long-standing bathroom suppliers to source high quality bathroom fittings and selected bespoke tiles for floors and walls from a Moroccan supplier. We kept paintwork reasonably neutral to keep the look fresh.

We consulted structural engineers about the raised ground floor flooring due to concerns that the proposed new covering would be too heavy for the existing joists and original boards.  We found a specialist supplier of parquet flooring which was painstakingly fitted throughout the space by the contractor.

Choosing a new colour palette for walls and woodwork was fun, and we shopped at long term favourites The Rug Company, Morgan Furniture, Rothschild & Bickers and Original BTC for most new pieces of furniture and lighting.  A forgotten family painting coordinated really well with the new colour scheme so has been brought back into service. We designed some delicate bespoke furniture which was constructed by our usual joiners and supplied new houseplants to improve the biophilic feel of the house throughout.

Testimonial: “Absolute carried out exactly the service I needed – beautiful designs, efficiently executed, great recommendations for contractors and specialists and significant savings from the trade discounts – they passed on 100% of these to me”

Project Date: March – November 2016