Belfast, Northern Ireland
This old manse house was converted into 4 flats in the late 1990s. With little maintenance work since this proud Victorian building had fallen into disrepair. The gutters at the front had come loose and destroyed the frontage and more concerning had led to all of the timber work, including the floor joists, rotting away. The first phase was to refurbish the frontage and repair the guttering – stripping the blown plaster work, commissioning new plaster cornicing which had been lost, replacing the rotten fascias and guttering, refurbishing and repainting the metal work and facade, demolishing and rebuilding the rear supporting wall. The second phase was internal and consisted of stripping out the 4 flats, inserting new steelwork, timbers and insulation before refurbishing all 4 properties. 3 of the 4 flats in the block were buy to let properties and so the interesting element of this fit out was to refurbish the flats at a budget cost, while try to stay away from the gloss white/ laminate interiors that seem to dominate the market. We did this by stripping the interiors back to their bones in parts to show off the Victorian shell (the original brickwork and floorboards that had since been covered in cheap modern materials), relying on relatively cheap but interesting materials (standard square white tiles against a black grout, Sterling Board for the built-in furniture). We also reused and refurbished as many of the interior fixing as possible including the kitchens (repainting the cupboard doors, fitting new backsplashes and handles and adding small additional bespoke elements). We provided all of the survey and design work and acted as the main contractor for the block refurbishment and interior fit out of the 4 separate apartments.