Prestige Residential Refurbishment 

Riveroak Ltd were responsible for extensive internal and external refurbishments to this 1930s Sevenoaks residence over an eighteen month period. As project managers we carried out much of the building work ourselves and coordinated a team of suppliers and contractors for more specialist work. The original double fronted house was re-wired and new heating and hot and cold water services were installed. New oak floors were fitted throughout.

A new 3-storey extension was added on to the East of the main building. This required excavating a basement area  to house a leisure area comprising a home cinema, temperature controlled wine cellar, a wet room and gymnasium. The new wing was constructed in a way to compliment the original 1930s building, resulting in a near doubling of the available floor area. To the ground floor a stunning kitchen and dining area was added, with adjacent utility room and cloakroom. The basement and ground floor were fitted with limestone and travertine floors. Above, on the first floor is the master bedroom with a dressing room and ensuite bathrooms, jacuzzi bath with star effect lighting, separate WC with his and hers matching wash basins. The main bedroom area was also air-conditioned. The whole extension is served by a wet underfloor heating system and a state-of-the-art electrics system which is controlled by  programmable wireless switches.

In the original configuration there was a detached two storey cottage to the West of the property. A two-story link was added allowing easy access to the main house. New double glazed windows & doors were fitted throughout the property. These were made from specially designed slimline aluminium profiled frames to closely match the original steel windows in both appearance and colour.

Outside the existing swimming pool was completely renovated and updated. The heating and filtration systems were replaced and an automatic safety pool cover was fitted, which when deployed will support the weight of a person walking across it without collapsing. A bespoke detached brick built sauna house was built adjacent to the pool which features a tiled interior, timber roof and woodburning stove. The whole pool area was then hard landscaped with new paving and brickwork.

To the front of the property, a detached two-storey three-bay garage was built from brick & block with timber cladding, incorporating a timber staircase built by Riveroak leading to a large storage area on the first floor and featuring conservation roof lights. The driveway uses a bonded gravel system to give the appearance of loose gravel without the inconvenience of stones moving around on the drive and being trodden into the house and vehicles.

With a mind to the environment, the insulation fitted to the new extension far exceeds the requirements of the current building regulations. The swimming pool is heated with the aid of air-source heat pumps which take energy from the air and raise it to a higher temperature in a process which is similar to reverse refridgeration.