Refurbishing an apartment in a Grade II listed building

By Marco Braghiroli

To fully refurbish a 73m² apartment in a Grade II listed building—on a fixed budget and timeline—is not easy. When embarking on a project like this, it is important to consult the Conservation Officer to ensure all work is in line with requirements. Given its Grade II listed status, all the original features of the property have to be kept, including original flooring, which can, however, be repaired and stained to complement its fabulous new look.

In addition, flats like these are full of carefully designed details, such as newly required fire doors, stylishly hidden within a cleverly designed partition, to comply with regulation—but maintaining the design look.

The property originally comprised a living room, kitchen, bedroom and one bathroom. But, with commitment to interior excellence, an additional guest powder room can be conjured up. The existing bathroom can also be transformed into a large en-suite for the master bedroom, providing hitherto non-existent privacy and uplifting the value of the property.

Being in the heart of London, maximising space is a tricky exercise, and ensuring continuation in the design usually brings success.

To give the master suite a proper new look, it should be redesigned with a full wardrobe, with panelling and suede, with a stained oak profile common to all internal doors, to create a feeling of continuity within the space.

Touches of cool blues should perfectly complement the neutral colour scheme of the bedroom, thanks to the Missoni fabric. A soft, welcoming look can be achieved by layered fabrics of throws, quilts, scatter cushions and, of course, a sublimely tufted headboard.

Space, style and light: the three star players of an open-plan living room. But let’s not forget the marvellous city views flooding in through those floor-to-ceiling windows.

An original and listed stone fireplace will ensure comfort and character on the one side, while on the other side a charming dining space should reside, complete with industrial-style wooden table, enjoying that magnificent view.

Original features are what give a property real character and, along with balancing space and style, are what makes it feel like home…

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