Backroom Studios LLP

Project Description

The client’s architect approached us for a general refurbishment, commenting that her flat on the top floor of a Georgian mansion block was unliveable as it was unbearably hot in the summer and extremely cold during winter.

We stripped the entire property back to bare bones, including all flooring, walling, ceiling and finishes. We opened up the ceilings into the roof void, insulated the entire roof and floor, repainted and draught-stripped the original sash windows and installed new Dinesen Douglas Fir flooring. We fitted a new kitchen and new bathroom with high end Duravit sanitaryware and a glass balustrade.

The most challenging aspect of the job was that the only access to the site was through a very confined staircase 5 stories up without parking or storage space. All materials and waste had to be kept in the common staircase area which required very precise coordination and outstanding housekeeping from our builders.

As part of the works we also upgraded leaking cold water tanks supplying the entire property.

  • “We’re expecting a dramatic reduction in costs. We now know how much energy we’ve used (in March) and we rarely have the heating on compared to this time last year in our old house.”
    — Toni M
  • “Bow Tie was a pleasure to work with. I think we were very lucky to find them. They gave me a very high level of confidence that all technical aspects were within their control and they knew what they were doing. This was a technical project and it was important for us to be comfortable on those matters. At the other end of the scale, they paid just as much attention to all the niggly, small decorative matters that become very important towards the end of the build. They were impressive right across the range of skills you have to have to get a project like this done well."
    — Francis M
  • “The Grade II listing permission required a lot of flexibility in the building, planning and scheduling and real close cooperation between Prewett Bizley and Bow Tie and they managed it very well, putting in contingencies and safety nets in case planned windows were not approved. There was a flexible approach to managing a dynamic project. In the end we did achieve exactly what we wanted with secondary glazing as a result of Prewett Bizley and Bow Tie’s consistent and careful lobbying of Islington planning department until they agreed with what was proposed.”
    — Francis M

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