Yorkshire stone is something to be marvelled at, the stone is so unique with each stone that is quarried and this has been the case since way back in the medieval ages when yorkshire stone was mined coming to the turn of the industrial revolution era. Homes were easily built and there was a huge boom in properties arising all over. We find that more and more homes in London are using reclaimed Yorkstone Flags for patio areas rather than the resin or tarmac which is starting to change the landscape of London and the traditional Edwardian and Georgian homes from Central London.
As The Lady Builder originated from Yorkshire as part of the Wimpenny Group of homes, we have brought that classic northern Yorkshire to homes in London, Chelsea, Fulham and Kensington so that our clients get the quintessential Yorkshire feel to their London home. There are many factors that are idiosyncratic of a Yorkshire home and we are going to outline some of them here.
Yorkstone flags are the perfect choice for exterior driveways and patio areas. If you are lucky enough to have any outdoor space, then using Yorkstone for your flooring is a luxury. As the stone weathers over time and starts to look better the older it is, each stone being as individual as the next and feels great as the sun warms the stone.
Reclaimed Yorkshire Stone
This stone can come in many different types of form such as reclaimed stone from Yorkshire, dry stone walling, kerbstones and steps, cobbles, roof slates and windows cills and heads. Reclaimed stone is great for the environment and can be cleaned, cut and pressed to suit your needs. You can even colour match the stone to work with existing building projects.
Newly Quarried Yorkshire Stone
If you are looking for new stone, then newly quarried stone is the perfect answer, most of the stone we work with is from a small village on the outskirts of Honley near Holmfirth, it really doesn't get more natural coming from the heart of Yorkshire hills. This is a great choice for interior feature walls to London homes and to bring in a bit of the character of the countryside to a London home.
There's not much you can't say bad about German Kitchen designs and trends and it's easy to see why over the years German engineering and kitchen design has become the most popular choice for those that want the ultimate luxury and design for their London kitchen. There are many names out there that many of you would have heard of such as Ballerina, Blum, Beckermann, Kuhlmann, Rational and lastly Schüller
For the professional German Kitchens London choice you want to make sure that you make the most of your space as we all know as with many London homes, space comes at a price so you have to work with the space you have to make it functional and work for your needs. German Kitchens have long been the staple of any great home because of their history, there are not many other kitchen companies that have graced the late 19th Century and gone on to create appliances, fixtures and fittings quite like the German styles, we also need to factor in that their reputation is known worldwide, so many London homes can be sold on or retain their value due to having a Rational or Hacker kitchen and this is very desirable around London.
I mean, if you look at some of the kitchen designs, it speaks for itself, no matter what your needs are the German kitchen appliances complement the design and materials used in a contemporary kitchen so Bosch and Siemens appliances go hand in hand with the kitchen as well as NEFF amongst others.
The great thing about fusing the London period homes with the contemporary designs of these kitchens is that they work seamlessly together. Many London homes pull it off with home extensions leading out to the rear and make the kitchen the hub and engine room of the house inviting the family to spend more and more time together and with clever use of space, you can incorporate a diner area within the kitchen and fuse living space with the kitchen space.
It's clear though that German Kitchens are only going to get better and they are here to stay so if your budget allows, it makes sense to fit your London home with a Designer German Kitchen that will aesthetically enhance your home and will help keep or add value to it in the longterm if you wish to sell on.
As the professional interior designers for Chelsea and West London we know that designing and keeping your home in line with your style is everything. Many Chelsea homes are graded and listed and are almost always beautifully designed and tastefully decorated in keeping with the property which would probably be an Edwardian terrace home or a huge listed Victorian building that has been converted into apartments.
One thing we always get asked many times is covering the radiators with bespoke radiator cabinets that not just act as a way of preserving and covering up a modern central heating issue, it's a way of making a statement and allowing you design your home to suit your needs.
We work with Radiator Cabinets UK to build bespoke cabinets in the Farrow & Ball colour ranges and over the years we have found that many of our clients indulge in the radiator covers to make a statement in the hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. With custom ranges of radiator cabinets (or covers if you prefer to call them that) we find that they become an important factor in building and creating an interior design plan.
Many of our clients are based in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea, Fulham and throughout West London with homes ranging from £1 million up to £20 million and they expect the best fixtures and fittings from some of the UK's best carpenters and bespoke joiners.
Bespoke radiator cabinets are the perfect way to enhance the period feel of your property and to cover up the ghastly radiators that are an eyesore in any period property.
The two types of radiator cabinets above have been built and designed bespoke and made to measure for client's in the West London area. Each cabinet can be colour matched using the Farrow and Ball colour charts and the styles and grilles can all be changed to suit the needs of the room environment. Our team of professional interior designers in West London can put together a plan to help you see how the colours and room layout will look using a 3D interactive virtual tour. Both cabinets above are Regency range radiator covers with the lattice grille, these can be changed to suit your needs.
The Lady Builder are one of West London's premier builders, part of the Wimpenny Group and 5th generation builders, this is what we do and what we know. If you are thinking of refurbishing your London home then why not speak to a member of our team today.
Trends For Your Chelsea Home
There are lots of different trends which can exist within the home of a person, and your Chelsea home is no different. There are many different trends, which take the form of decorative items and whimsical items, but it can sometimes be difficult to know what is the latest trend. In order to try and help you with this, we’ve taken a look at some of the trends which are available in your Chelsea property.
One of the trends which would look great in your Chelsea home is a map. Whether it is a map of a real place, or a map of a favourite fictional land, the map is making it’s way into more and more homes as a sign of culture, and of broadening horizons outside of the country. A map can be informative, educational, and yet will still look the best it possibly can be.
They’re rapidly gaining popularity as tattoos, and the Mandala print is also becoming something which would fit into your Chelsea property as being up to date and stylish. The print itself is a circular design, and has very close links with both the Hindu and Buddhist cultures, and is great for adding a unique and spiritual design to your home.
Another trend which would prove to be just what your Chelsea home needs is an addition of wooden surfaces. The return to wooden surfaces is part of a movement towards a simpler and more rustic approach to decorations in the home, and the wooden surfaces can apply to all manner of things, such as worktops, wallpapers, and even the floor on which you walk.
The green theme
A trend which is gaining more and more popularity which would look good in your Chelsea home is the emergence of green as a staple colour. Replacing the previous trend of having blues, this trend instead focuses on having warmer greens, which create a more earthy and natural feel when paired with a wooden surface.
Aloe Vera plants
One of the other trends which are becoming popular choices for Chelsea based homes, the aloe vera plant is one which is good for people who lead busy lives and can’t spend lots of time maintaining plants. They don’t need much water, and they also can survive in a range of conditions, which makes them suitable plants to be left for a few days if needed, and they bring a touch of nature and life to your home, without being too big or too demanding.
Overall, these are just a few ideas for your Chelsea home. The trends this year do seem to be focusing on a return to natural themes and colours, perhaps as a way to counteract the rise of technology and cold metallic elements, and does suggest that instead of going forward with new fangled ideas and concepts, it is sometimes better to go back to the traditional decorations, all of which are timeless and known to look good in a home.
When it comes to interior design in Chelsea, as well as being a full managed building and refurbishment with over 4 generations of building experience extended down from the Wimpenny Group we understand interior design. Why not speak to a member of our team from our London office to talk about your next renovation project in Chelsea or West London.
People often have a perception that Interior Design is all rugs and cushions, but the finishing touches really are just that and often our projects involve much more exciting aspects. This is a 65 million year old fossil that we installed last year for a lovely client in West London. The fossil has formed over a huge leaf and 5 fish, which you can feel the bones of if you run your finger over the stone.
Standing at 7ft tall and over 8ft at it’s widest point, finding a suitable position in the house was no mean feat. After removing the front door and door frame, it took a team of several steady handed men to move the piece into place.
We built out this wall specially to house the fossil and created a mahogany plinth for it to sit on. The wall is reinforced and so most of the weight is taken on the wall. It’s an absolute showpiece and looks simply stunning in our client’s home.
This is an advert for J Winpenny & Co, The Lady Builder family business' new build homes dating back to 1935. It was a simpler time, before the internet, mobile phones, blogs, and social media. We unfortunately don’t have any houses for sale for £390, but we do still offer the same fantastic quality and customer service that we did back then. Without the need of a time machine you can now jump forwards to 2017 and call upon The Lady Builder for all your building projects in West London.
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