This was an interesting and challenging project for a customer whose property was Grade II listed. We were asked to create a downstairs shower and utility room and upgrade an existing bathroom – incorporating old pieces of furniture, hidden pipework and creating character where there was none!
In the family bathroom, we installed a freestanding modern bath with oak supports, a fabulous large shower area and adapted an existing oak cupboard to house the bowl style washbasin and worktop mounted tap, whilst keeping the drawers as useable and in-keeping storage space. All pipework was carefully hidden in walls and floors (even incorporating the waste from a sink in the loft bedroom into the new pipework). We also enhanced the look by adding an old oak beam to the ceiling for extra character.
An area of the house’s downstairs extension was used to create a new shower room and utility area. To unite the old and new spaces we created a new doorway into the room from the main hallway, using an antique door and frame giving it an original appearance. The step into the room from the hallway was made from reclaimed oak, crafted to make it appear as if it had years of wear, it blended beautifully with the new solid oak flooring laid throughout. A macerator toilet was installed due to location and housed in the new utility room section to minimise any noise in the cloakroom.
This project gave both the customer, and us, a huge amount of satisfaction. Managing to reinstate character and create a new beautiful, useable space is what we’re all about (and all within the confines posed by the building’s Grade II listed status). The customers are now able to enjoy the practicality of a downstairs WC for visitors whilst modestly showing off their beautiful character home.
During the extensive restoration of our period listed house, Sean has proved far more than just a builder. His combination of craftsmanship, building knowledge and artistic insights gave us the confidence to really explore the limits of our project. We now have a beautifully restored home; far nicer than it would have been if we had used an ordinary builder to deliver our original ideas.
Sean helped us develop sympathetic solutions to the build - even finding beautiful features for us at the local salvage yards on his days off! His team’s work has been nothing short of master-craftsman quality; all work was explained to us, and materials used were top notch at reasonable prices.
His team tackled extensive groundworks, roofing, a full electrical rewire, landscaping, bathrooms and even a new set of stairs! All work was undertaken by his team (no arguing with other tradesman) and no sign of escalating prices or lengthening timescales – well done Sean!
Karin & Mark Storer, Bath