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Conversion of Grade II Listed Ballroom into a stunning contemporary home

Jan 31

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Swale House is one of Richmond's historic buildings with a rich history. Built around 1750, it was initially home to the headmaster and the students of the nearby grammar school. In 1908, a ballroom was added to the property, then during the First Wold War the building was used as a hospital for wounded officers. More recently, the Ballroom acted as the council chamber until the property was sold for redevelopment. Complete with sprung dance floor, the Grade 2 Listed building was structurally sound, and ripe with potential, possessing some beautiful features, including a curved ceiling, ornamental shields and a listed fireplace. However, as you can see from this photo, it was also in need of a great deal of love, care and restoration. 



We had been recommended to our clients due to our experience of renovating and restoring listed buildings, and they enlisted our services to help them turn this beautiful shell into a two bedroom open plan apartment, complete with mezzanine level. 


Our brief was to create something modern and clean, whilst also retaining the stunning original features, a vital factor given the building's listed status.


The building is open plan downstairs, and incorporates a stunning kitchen, dining area, sitting area, study and downstairs bathroom.



Corian worktops and integrated ovens were chosen to continue the sleek, contemporary and minimal feel of the development.


Bespoke shelves were built in three locations of the ground floor of the property to store our clients' large collection of books, and were finished to ensure they blend seamlessly into the walls. 


Upstairs, the master bedroom incorporates a free standing bath.


The mezzanine level is encased in a bespoke glass and oak balustrade. The property has underfloor heating throughout and engineered oak boards have been laid to the floors. 


Features including the original windows, ceiling and shields have been sensitively restored and replaced where necessary to achieve a sleek finish, which marries the historical features with a contemporary look, perfect for 21st century living. 



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