Clareville | Chelsea

Brief

To fully refurbish the property, create a winter garden, basement cinema and wine cellar.

Build Duration: 56 weeks
Design: Wilben 

Solutions

We strengthened the house by inserting an internal steel frame, keeping a brick shell exterior. We then dug out the basement to create two new rooms and added a new roof structure which allowed us to include a winter garden.

Results

A splendid corner house in the heart of Chelsea, completely refurbished, with the added value of a basement cinema and wine cellar. A clever roof feature to include a winter garden.

Top Tips

Basements are a wonderful way to add living space to your home within a confined area of land, if you are unable to extend outwards or sideways. Soil composition has often been considered as an obstacle to building basements and whilst that may have been the case several years ago, today we have solutions to deal with any type of soil or even water penetration levels.

Work with a reputable interior designer and create detailed mock ups of the look and feel of the spaces you are creating including electrics and plumbing before you start the building work. Think about where your furniture or art collections will be placed so that your lighting and switch placement is planned before your builder starts work. Changing specifications mid build will only cause delay in work completion and add to your cost.

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Finishing Touches

A stunning transformation, with an exclusive basement cinema, wine cellar, outdoor dining area, elegant new kitchen and living room.

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unrivalled project management

I was the project architect for a fantastic house build with SDA. The whole team worked hard to make sure the project was executed perfectly, and the finish is superb.I highly recommend SDA, with Sammy at the helm, and Dumitru on site, to anyone looking to create a very special house, without putting up with the usual contractor problems. They kept the site tidy, safe, well organised, and worked tirelessly. From a professional point of view, the valuations were spot on, with SDA showing honesty and integrity in their calculations of the value of work done.I know that when Sammy calls me, it's a project I want to be involved in.

Colony Architects Ltd

total demolition and rebuild while we lived in the house

Sammy and his team completed a total demolition and rebuild job for us. Sammy is highly experienced and was very committed to delivering a quality product. His team produced a great finish and everyone at SDA was very polite and courteous which was great as we were living in the house at the end with two small children. I would happily recommend Sammy as someone who takes pride in his work and has the skill and experience to deliver.

Nick Scott

seamless attention to detail

I have worked with Sammy and his team on 2 projects i.e. one in London (a couple of years previously) and the other in the Oxfordshire, the 2nd project bigger than the first. He and the team, delivered within the agreed budget, and in the time-line proposed, and moreover to the highest of standards.He works seamlessly with architects, lighting companies, and garden designers, ensuring a well driven project.

Melinda Swann