- Client: Private
- Location: Seafront in Deal, Kent
- Value: 500k-1m
- Type: Alterations and Refurbishment to convert existing flats back to a modern home
- Duration: 9 Months Ongoing
This property has, arguably, the only view of the sea in Deal that does not have parked cars in front. A real gem of a property, it is laid out over 5 floors including a basement and was converted into several flats by the previous owners and had fallen, in recent times, into severe dereliction. Purchased by our clients in 2020 the property has been re-designed, by architect Robert Palmer, to provide a modern well equipped home. The basement is to consist of a boiler/plant room, a Utility area and a good-sized wine store. The Ground floor is to provide Kitchen/ Dining in the main part of the house with Bed 4 with en-suite in the rear annexe to provide for elderly friends and relatives. This bedroom opens out onto a nice sized courtyard which will benefit from plenty of sun. The first floor, the main body of the property, is to be a lounge overlooking the seafront and a library at the rear. The annexe will provide a WC and shower room that service this floor along with a study. The master suite will be housed on the second floor and will consist of a large bedroom again overlooking the sea, a dressing room and an en-suite to the rear. The 3rd floor at the top of the property is to be bedrooms 2 and 3 with a “Jack n Jill” shower room between.
All the rooms are flooded with light provided by the large windows and all are of a decadent size. The stairwell and landings are also flooded with light provided by new windows, and a new purpose-built staircase will service all floors. The interior of all internal party walls have been insulated for sound and all exterior walls insulated for heat retention. The exterior is to be fully renovated, including chimneys, and the exterior walls are to be insulated and rendered in a modern, through colour, silicone render to provide long-lasting protection from the elements and remove the need for decoration for many years to come. All windows are to be restored and decorated as required in a conservation area, however, included in the restoration will be the addition of draught excluders built into the sash frames.
Structurally, all evidence of the flats is to be removed and the floors upgraded with the inclusion of steel supports, which will take away the sagging which had occurred in all floors, along with the bouncing which was evident in floors constructed with undersized joists. All internal structural walls, both timber and block, are to be replaced and the property will start to look and feel much more structurally sound.
In terms of mechanical and electrical installations, the heating and domestic water is to be replaced with a modern and well-appointed system including underfloor heating to the complete property and a pressurised reservoir for hot water is to be installed to make sure that all shower/bathrooms can be in use together if required. As the incoming water supply cannot be upgraded to meet this requirement this system was needed to achieve the client’s requirements. The property benefits from a 3 phase supply, so electrically there are no issues with regards to providing a new and extensive, modern energy-saving, wiring system throughout the property.