We’re not quite done yet so apologies for the rubbish on our front-balcony. More pictures (and credits) are on their way, but here’s what it looks like so far…
The table was designed by us from scratch using the following hardware credited below. The biggest challenge creating this table was finding sufficient materials to support the 130 kilos (285 pounds) marble slate while still keeping it as sleek as possible. After many versions of drawings and Sketch-ups revised from our original drawing made on a napkin in a coffee shop, we eventually found a support design that the engineer said would work(picture below).
Made-to-fit Carrara Marble sourced from Koliqi Marble Ltd; X-design support (what holds the table up) was welded on-site made-to-fit by Pillar D.B Construction and designed by us; Chairs designed by Robin Day; Wine fridge form mQuvée; Cabinets from Ikea.
A few last touches left to do in the bathroom. More pictures on their way.
Ceilings are 3.35 meters (11 feet) so we decided to also go high with the shower glass panel and mirror to make the eye follow. Because the shower panel would not fit through the front door the builders had to get creative.. (See picture below) The builders ended up having to attach the 8 foot sheet of glass to a secure rope and lift it over the top of our balcony.
Huge thanks to Creative Glass Studio in London for making this possible.
Big thanks to Farrow&Ball paint consultant Scott Silcox for helping us with the lighting and colour combination.
The chimney breast sketchup was edited about 10 times but the engineers were finally able to give us what we wanted- a perfect nook for our hob and a little extra countertop space.
Made-to-fit closets are in in, dressing room is about 70% finished. Paintings, cornices, and fixings to follow.
S/O to my wife for project managing the fine details while I was in Stockholm.
-Our flat in 1860. (circled in black)-
-Our flat in 1912 (the third one from the right)-
A little history about the flat… It was built in 1856 on Oakley Square (right behind Camden High Street in London).Oakley Square was originally built by the Duke of Bedford who purchased the land for £1,000. It originally consisted of a South and North wing of Georgian townhouses with a small park in between both wings. The north wing was destroyed by bombs in WWII, however the South wing still stands today along with the park- Oakley Square Gardens. Source
Picture 1: We are reinstating the ceilings to their original height, 3.35 meters (or 11 feet). Georgian townhouses built in the 1800’s are known for their heigh ceilings but during the 1970’s, when many townhouses in London were converted into flats, owners would bring down the ceilings and fill them with insulation to reduce sound. Today, sound proof insulation material is much smaller and compact and does not require sacrificing ceiling height. I tried to capture a photo with one of the builders in it to get a perspective of just how high they are.
Picture 2: The builders uncovered a brick wall (second photo) in the living room that has been covered for around 138 years.
Picture 3: We are opening up the chimney breast in the kitchen, which has proved to be a difficult task since it requires supporting it with a beam so that the chimney does not collapse from the weight. The chimney breast opening will used to create extra space along the kitchen countertop and the hob will be placed inside of it.