Ealing II | London

We were recently asked back to a property we had radically altered 17 years ago. Essentially, our brief was to upgrade the property, utilising technology and services that had made significant leaps forward since we had originally worked on the building. The fact that our clients knew the property so well made an enormous difference to the alterations as they were familiar with the nuances of their home - how the spaces worked or where a little extra insulation or light was needed.

Going back to the property reinforced our belief in investing in high quality materials, as the house had stood the test of time remarkably well. Despite experimenting with several new schemes, we eventually sourced the exact same paint colours from the original specialist paint supplier, and were able to commission the original glass artist to produce a new basin for the master bathroom.

Advances in technology over the years have made significant leaps forward. Working with the same systems engineers, we were able to upgrade the lighting throughout the house to long life low energy LED, now the technology is capable of delivering a natural warm light. Existing control circuits were enhanced to allow more control around the house, including temperature and access control. In a reflection of the times, an upper bedroom was converted into a contemporary media room.

The clients were still very happy with the original design and layout of the kitchen, so we focused on updating appliances, enlarging the cooker and installing a new extractor system. Throughout the property we tried to focus on small key areas which would have maximum effect. Bathrooms were refreshed and showers upgraded with contemporary large format tiles and simpler frameless glazing to complement the original mosaic tiles. Mechanical ventilation was improved and some additional roof lights were added to enhance natural air flow.

The property was already a model of contemporary living, and these adjustments have ensured it stays that way.

"We first hired Fiona Mclean in 1997 to turn our old Edwardian house into a very special home to raise our family. When we met her we clicked immediately and she answered our brief perfectly. In all these years the house has been an extraordinary place to live. 11 years later we move abroad and rented our house out, when we returned in 2012 we again hired Mclean Quinlan who refreshed the parts of the house which had suffered under the rental and they brought some fresh thinking whilst keeping the essence of the design." – Client

Structural Engineer | Frank Van Loock Associates
QS | Baillie Knowles Partnership
M&E | En Masse Design
Photographer | Peter Cook

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