Very rarely does a developer get the opportunity to lay their hands on a completely un-modernised, grade 2 listed, stucco fronted building already laid out into existing apartments. When Empire came across this opportunity we knew it needed to be special. We spent many months in the design phase where we decided each of the 5 apartments being created needed to be unique in every way.
Every apartment was "Built Different" in this pursuit for excellence. Not one skirting or architrave was the same across each apartment, with the top floor New York loft style penthouse boasting excellence most of all.
After viewing the property for the first time we realised that fundamentally there was very little wrong with the property, just a lack of love over the years had lead it to look tired and unwelcoming. A few small tweaks to the layout, new kitchens and bathrooms, transformed this house into a wonderfully warm family home.
After new flooring was laid and the decorations completed, dressing the house brought it to life and turned it into the most desirable house on the street. Sometimes a few small changes make such a big difference, the house sold extremely quickly after a hand full of viewings.
This rare opportunity we could just not turn down... A beautiful, regency style building converted over the years into offices, our task was to turn it back into homes.
The existing footprint housed eight apartments with the new build basement and rear addition generating a further eight apartments. In order to create something not seen in the area to date. We wanted to give the large first time buyer market in Sutton a taste of design normally only seen in the central London market place.
Such was the success of our vision for the property; all sixteen apartments were agreed for sale before the last coat of paint was dry on the wall.
This upper floor Maisonette had a great feel light and airy with all the rooms in wonderfully correct proportions that drew the Empire team in.
Increasing the height in the two top floor bedrooms by vaulting the ceilings created a dramatic feel. This, along with a hidden en-suite bathroom behind wardrobe doors, made the bedroom floor an exceptional space. Downstairs in the living area an open plan reception, dining and kitchen area gave a feel of space rarely seen in a two-bedroom split level apartment.
We took a huge amount of pride in the design and refurbishment of this property, which again sold for a record price in the area. For us creating the perfect space comes first, match that with a passion for real design integrity, it is a combination that can't lose.
This neglected two-bedroom apartment had all the bones of what you would expect of a "Thomas Cubitt", first floor, lateral apartment; high ceilings and original cornices lead the way to what was as much of a conservation project as it was a development.
Artisan craftsmen were used to take casts of the original mouldings and piece back in one section at a time until we were left with ceilings as they would have looked the first time they were created over 100 years prior.
We decided that the best thing for the space was actually to reduce the amount of bedrooms, in order to create an exceptional one-bedroom apartment. This was a risk but the reward of seeing the space develop was well worth it. The flat was on the market for a matter of days before being snapped up and set the record for the highest price paid for a one-bedroom apartment in the area.
From the first time we laid our eyes on this one-bedroom, ground floor property, we knew it could be turned into something very special.
We added a further bedroom and bathroom to the previously undiscovered Victorian basement, whist lowering the floors adding volume and turning the living spaces into light and airy spaces. Adding bespoke, vintage pieces, including a reclaimed Victorian fire-station stair banister along with opulent Venetian plaster walls, added much needed character to the apartment.
What seemed on the surface to be an average ground floor one-bedroom apartment, made a truly exceptional transformation into a complete one off bespoke home, and was the first step on the rise of the Empire into the world of property development.