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Henleaze Gardens

Berkeley Place, has a key goal when transforming homes, to “keep clients happy.”  The owners of a beautiful three story semi-detached Edwardian property close to The Downs Bristol,  wanted to create their dream home.  There was a hard deadline to finish due to a new school-term starting for  children.  Henleaze The property had previously been converted into two large maisonettes,  so required an innovative and sensitive transformation by Berkeley Place, since the property was located in a conservation area.   Berkeley Place, are experts in navigating the journey through planning and all of the sensitivities surrounding period and listed property renovation, so they can manage these matters while freeing up the clients time to decide on more exciting aspects like the internal finishes – tiles, wall colours and wallpaper etc.

We take a tour through each room in this gorgeous home.   A hallway sets the tone and creates a first impression, Berkeley Place certainly gave all the ‘welcome home’ feels with a beautiful hallway.  The traditional Edwardian door uplifted with a blue colour palette to match the original coloured glass windows.  A stunning  mid-century light feature is a great modern juxtaposition to the more traditional feel of the home.  For practicality, a bench was installed for the family to convene ahead of heading out, with plenty of storage for shoes and traditional pegs for coats!  The original Georgian staircase is a focal character point of the home, again given a contemporary  look with blue paint.

Berkeley Place, love to brainstorm ideas with clients and are increasingly looking towards sustainable options.  The living room designed on the premise of old meets new once again.  A blue colour palette from the stairs becomes the palette of the home throughout.  Traditional features from the plaster work, Georgian fireplace and new Crittall style feature doors and parquet flooring are all uplifted into the 21st Century with the  Blue colourway and a modern pink lamp for a finishing touch.

The new kitchen and living space extension is the ‘heart of the house’, and where the family proposed they would be spending the majority of time.  We chose a traditional blue shaker kitchen from XXXX with XXX task lighting.  A modern shaker kitchen fits in perfectly with the Georgian features of the home and Crittall style glass doors installed to fill the home with plenty of light.

Berkeley Place, were able to advise and ensure the client benefitted from a significant VAT reduction  for all construction related work, due to the type of conversion.  The saving, translated into a substantial sum which could be directed towards additional spend on value adding items such as the kitchen and bathrooms, together with higher specification finishes. The client made additional savings from the competitive pricing from our broad range of specialist providers, particularly for items such as the internal Crittall doors, the kitchen, feature radiators, glazing, tiles and timber floor finishes.

Berkeley Place loves to be ‘sustainable’ and a wooden bench was reclaimed.  Old meets new again, with wooden furnishings recycled and brough back to life with modern lighting hanging from the ceiling…

With so many details in the main bathroom, the longer you spend in the bathtub the more you will see and find!   There is certainly no shortage of design inspiration on social media for bathroom design, to create the look and feel of a home with the tiles, lighting and bathroom utilities.  An old sewing machine spindle creates a historic focal point sink in the room.  A traditional Georgian fireplace is matched with glass cubed shower and brass downlighting either side of the sink.  A free-standing XXX bathtub of course finished in blue to match the colour palette of the rest of the home!  Do you think this home owner may be an Oasis fan?  We think ‘definitely maybe!’

Bathrooms can be the trickiest rooms in the home to convert with some major challenges concealed behind old bathrooms once they are removed including, rotten floors and lead pipes where work has not been completed properly in the past. It is difficult to predict what lies beneath existing tiles and floor finishes.  Often the sub-floors need reinforcement, particularly in older properties, which were not designed to take the weight of things like walk-in shower glazing or wall-to-wall tiling for instance.

Bath-time in the master bedroom gets even better with a freestanding bathtub located in prime position.  We bet this homeowner drifts off to the land of nod nicely every evening with a relaxing bath and then rolls into bed!   The sloping roof line where substantial additional insulation was incorporated creates a cozy bath atmosphere and souls are relaxed with the breeze of the door to a terrace.  Although the room is blue once more, we doubt moods will be anything but blue in this lovely bedroom!

With an older project, and Berkeley Place has done many, one key design issue often over looked is the need to install additional support in floors and walls, in order to accommodate the additional weight of the bathroom kit. Increasing the bathroom to bedroom ration is without a doubt Berkeley Place’s secret to increasing the value of a home.  The most effective way it to ideally choose one of the larger bedrooms and add a bathroom.

Berkeley Place, helped the clients of this Henleaze home source the various contractors to gut the house, renovate and restore it back up to the beautiful home it is today.

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