Parts of the layout and original property features were retained. This included the beautiful walnut flooring, which instantly gave the feeling of a warm, traditional parquet floor, thanks to the way it was laid at a 45-degree angle. A lovely mezzanine floor, ideal for use as a bedroom, was also retained along with the attractive glazed balcony overlooking the ground floor area.
A structural engineer was consulted to ensure stability in the re-designs. For instance, due to the restricted ceiling height, an extra 50 mm was created by removing the existing timber flooring, which had a narrow cavity below it. As the new floor was lower than the external ground level, a drainage channel was created at the front of the property, reducing the risk of flooding.