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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
A MASSIVE thank you for helping out with our recent programme in Enfield. We really couldn’t have got through that job without you and your team of hard workers. You worked your socks off to do that loft and I know that the family really, really appreciated it. The loft looked amazing and is a real credit to the high standard of work your company carries out. The family are absolutely delighted with their new home. Living in a house that is safe for Eric and a sanctuary for Davina and the girls will dramatically help their lives and the…
by Lucy Lane, DIY SOS: The Big Build, BBC, November 2011
I cannot begin to tell you what a godsend it is to have found you. Since the very first job you took on in our house, when you brought our kitchen alive again, we knew that we could never match your talents! We had no hesitation in calling you back in. You have always been a source of great advice and inspiration to the point that the entire colour scheme of the house is thanks to you! To be able to leave you with our keys and know that the place is in safe hands is so reassuring and when…
by Phil Rapley, Bengeo, April 2001
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!
by Michael, Cockfosters, February 2018
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…
by Michael P, Goffs Oak, March 2018
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.