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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
Our family want to recommend A & R Design because they really do provide a rare service of concept/design/build. While friends struggled to find fittings and fixtures they liked and could afford - we had Allison supporting us with excellent knowledge and tips. At the same time Rob lead his talented team brilliantly with resourceful solutions and a bespoke build.
by Sarah Pengelly, Middlesex, May 2014
A&R Design provided a 5 star service from start too finish for my kitchen and utility room-building project. Allison and Rob helped me with sound advice from project concept through to completion. I appreciated their help and guidance during the whole process - they patiently provided me with numerous costings and build options from a complete kitchen extension build (including raising the floor and roof) to a smaller kitchen and utility room redesign - which is beautiful, and just what I wanted. The work was completed by a friendly and courteous team and to an exceptionally high standard – the team…
by Customer in Greater London, January 2019
As a team Rob and Allison possess a rare combination of ‘practical skills’ and ‘creative vision’, but it is their ‘reliability’ and ‘commitment’ that truly stood out for us. Working with them is genuinely a partnership you can trust.
by Jeremy Edwards, Kensington, January 2012
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 tired kitchen which linked through to a back room that was never used. A&R Design undertook the removal of the kitchen, removal of a substantial wall, removal of patio door and windows, installation of 2 large steel beams, bi-fold doors, new windows, new kitchen installation in a new position, underfloor heating, new radiators, all plumbing, electrics, plastering painting and finishing and renovation of a utility room. All of this was carried out in a most professional manner by a fantastic crew that were always polite and cheerful, kept us informed and consulted at all times and kept…