Hidden Gems vs Modern Luxuries
I love working with period properties. You never know what you are working with until you start stripping everything back. In what should have been a straightforward creation of a utility room in a room with a lowered ceiling in the Stockbridge town house, turned out to be bomb shelter with reinforced steel within the walls. A costly exercise to remove, but an interesting find none the less!
Now half-way through the conversion of another Georgian town house, it too has an interesting story. Originally commissioned by a politician in the 1860's, the house has some amazing detail, including an unusual Gothic vaulted ceiling with intricate plaster detailing in the vestibule, a stunning oval staircase and several statues standing proudly in arched alcoves up the staircase walls. The house had been split into flats in the 1970's so bringing it back to life as one house was exciting. Original staircases were uncovered in cupboards, panel doors were still in place hidden under partitions and we even found a very old and dusty wooden toy train under the kitchen floorboards.
In true PAD style, we are breathing some life back into this gracious home highlighting period features with modern colour palettes and returning rooms back to their original scale, whilst at the same time injecting some modern day luxuries. We've fitted a state of the art gym, a wellness zone with sauna, steam room, emotional shower and spa in the basement and a bespoke cinema theatre in the drawing room. Every property is different so every scheme has to be tailored, not only for the building itself but the lifestyle of its new caretakers. In this house period charm and historic detail sits rather well with glamour and luxury befitting its scale and original purpose as a functioning family home.