The original workshop was located in a popular residential area and when it became available for sale Raff from development company 722 Projects could see the huge potential to redevelop the site as a residential proposition.
Raff explains, “We are always looking for residential conversion opportunities and when our client introduced us to this site it presented the perfect opportunity to create much needed housing for the area. The location is really popular with young professionals and the site was just a ten minute walk to Bickley station for London commuters. We quickly identified there was a need for one bedroom properties at a price point for first time buyers.”
Plans were created to covert the former car workshop and associated buildings into seven one bedroom apartments, adding an additional floor to the existing footprint to create each apartment over two levels and include a small private outside space. Six months later planning was approved and the team quickly moved onto site and commenced the build and fit-out project.
“Each of the apartments would feature bright open plan living with a kitchen area which would lead to a private patio area, and upstairs feature a large double bedroom with a luxurious bathroom. The brief was to create modern, self contained flats that would be low maintenance for busy professionals, finished to a high quality and contemporary specification.”
As the project neared completion one of the final decisions was flooring. Discussing options with the client, he steered Raff’s team to a wood floor he had found on the V4 website. “Our client had seen the new Vittoria Oak Grey Rustic Brushed and Oiled wood floor online and felt it would be the perfect fit for the new homes. We took a look and agreed. The floors had a really modern feel which was essential to the design. It was also important that the floors were reasonably neutral in tone so they would appeal to a wide range of purchasers considering buying one of the apartments and work with their individual interior taste.”
This Oak Grey finish was recently added to the Vittoria collection, introducing a great value engineered wood floor with a smooth modern finish and contemporary oak tones. Subtle oak grains run through each plank which is finished with UV cured Danish Oil. This curing process produces a hard wearing oiled surface which requires less maintenance than traditional oiled floors.
The floors have been installed in the living and bedroom spaces in all seven apartments. Some 360 sq m was supplied by Carpets and More, who also advised the team on the project.
The finished results certainly deliver bright and contemporary living which appeals to a young professional audience. The light tones of the oak plank, with fashionable grey tones giving an element of contrast, provide a bright and space enhancing backdrop to the living and bedroom areas.
“The whole project from inception to completion took just over 12 months. There has been a lot of interest in the apartments since we launched and they are being reserved quickly. Everyone who takes a look around always comments on the how much they like the wood floors so we have definitely made a great choice. They were also quick and easy for our building team to install and have a really high quality and durable feel which adds to the upmarket specification we created to appeal to our potential buyers.”