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Renovation and Refurbishment
by A&R Design
A&R Design is a family business that has been established for over 20 years, with expertise in all aspects of building renovations and refurbishment. We work with a hand picked team of trusted and accredited professionals, each with their own specialist areas and we can manage all aspects of your project for you - giving you the complete package. We offer peace of mind promise to give you complete confidence.
All photographs on this website are of genuine projects undertaken by A & R Design.
At A&R Design we have a wealth of experience in a wide range of residential and commercial refurbishments and maintenance projects, including home extensions, loft conversions, interior alterations, home decor, and kitchen and bathroom refitting.
We launched A & R Design as a small, local, family business back in 1996, building on the experience we both already had in design and decoration, to offer a high quality service to our clients encompassing all aspects of property refurbishment and renovation.
We were excited to take on this wonderful new project. Our clients wanted an open plan design, which would give a real feeling of flow into the garden. It was important to them that the build was eco-friendly, with a natural feel, and the choices of materials and design reflected this. (Illustration 2)
The flooring was a beautiful solid maple, which was reclaimed from an old sports hall. We brought in specialists to clean and lay the wood, in a lovely random pattern, retaining all the original court markings as a striking design feature. (detail of illustration 1)
The cabinets are a lovely deep inky indigo. The glossy finish is complemented by a side profile on the tall cabinets (a small indent on the sides to allow them to be opened without a handle) giving a totally smooth sleek look. (illustration 5)
The clients wanted a sleek, modern look for the worktops. Although concrete gave the right ‘feel’ we agreed it was insufficiently eco-friendly, as well as needing a lot of maintenance, and coming in a limited range of thicknesses. Instead, we used a concrete-effect quartz, which has a similar appearance, but is available in a much slimmer size, and is more environmentally friendly.
The island unit features a down-draft extractor – this is hidden away allowing the family to cook sociably at the unit whilst entertaining, without the need for a large cooker hood which would block the view.
The new extension features wide bi-fold doors as well as a side non-opening window, enhancing the flow into the garden and maximising the natural light. Glass bricks and skylights bring in even more light. (illustration 6)
On the flat roof of the extension, we created a lovely grassed wildlife haven, using a specialist bio-diversity grass seed mix designed to encourage butterflies, bees and other wildlife. From the upstairs windows, the roof appears as part of the garden, again enhancing the natural flow between the inside and outside spaces.
The clients said ‘We contracted A&R for an extension build in Enfield. They project managed everything and brought in all trades and the architect, all of whom were professional and easy to work with. As we had some design features outside of the permitted development route, we were pleased that all planning issues were dealt with by A&R and the architect. Good dialogue throughout the build, and always there for a discussion to work through options. To note, what I also appreciated was their consideration of the impact of the work on our neighbours’.
A&R Design has extensive experience in undertaking all types of interior and exterior alterations and decorations, and all the different decisions and processes that this type of project entails. For a free quotation for your project, please call us on 0208 3676599.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new venture; The Stained Glass Window Company.
The Stained Glass Window Company creates beautiful stained glass windows for homes, places of worship and commercial and historic buildings. We use traditional materials and techniques to create beautiful windows in every possible style
Perfect results - painless & professional: A & R Design are responsive, understand what needs to be done, provide clear solutions which are executed in an efficient and collaborative way by skilled and personable workforce in a timely manner. I am delighted with the results of the two projects they have worked on for me.
by Susie Franklin, London, October 2014
I promised to let you all know when my mother moved back into her fabulous 'new' home and what she thought of it. The day finally arrived and we had closed all the doors so Mummy could enter each in turn. We made her ring her new door bell first which delighted her and then she went inside. Her face was an absolute picture as she entered each room and stood in total amazement at the beautiful work. Everywhere looked so fresh, spacious and light and she really could not take in the transformation. We thought at this rate she…
by Brenda & David Harvey & Joan Freeman, Winchmore Hill, July 2016
We have found A and R Design to be exceptional throughout our kitchen extension. They take the time to understand your vision to bring alive your plans, provide useful insight and recommendations based on their experience of what works/doesn’t work, and deliver a great finish. Their people recognize that it is still ‘your home’ and act accordingly i.e. taking their shoes off when required to be in other parts of your home, hovering/cleaning up after them etc. and AandR Design always go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with the end result e.g. cleaning out new cupboards etc.
by Sandra and Neil Taylor, Enfield, July 2014
We could say so many fabulous things about each and every person who’s been involved in our project and the great work and lovely spaces we’ve ended up with, it’s honestly hard to know where to start. Probably the best compliment we can pay you all is that we have already passed your number on several times with the highest recommendations and we’ll continue to do so. It was reassuring that you didn’t blink an eye at undertaking such an extensive build on a small terrace house. Each of the challenges this presented was dealt with cheerfully, professionally and…
by Dawn Duncan, Enfield, November 2013
We had a loft conversion and an extension to convert our small kitchen, utility room and garage into a large kitchen, new bathroom and new double bedroom. It was great to work with A&R throughout the process, the whole team were professional and the work was to the standard we hoped for and more. A&R really help with ideas and suggestions to make the build the best it could be. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to improve and expand our living space and we are glad we chose A&R to do the work!