Our brief for this two-bedroom apartment in Notting Hill, which was in reasonably good condition, was to upgrade and harmonise its features and finishes to maximise its rental value. The range of works agreed with our repeat client covered most of the property.  

The works

We carried out a soft strip-out in all areas, including the living room and kitchen, shower room, and the hallway and bedrooms – where we removed shattered-glazed-effect columns and ceiling panels. 

Our initial inspection had identified that the property’s electrical earthing was very poor. We updated the electrical system to the NIC ICE 17th Edition, installing a new distribution board and rewiring the lighting system. We also installed new lighting in the lobby entrance and living area/kitchen.

Room by room:

Kitchen: A high-spec white and grey kitchenette was installed along with Miele and Bosch appliances. This work included white glass splash-backs and a light grey quartz worktop. 

Living room: We set back the existing extracted glazed door to give more living space and installed commercial-style lighting over the TV wall. 

Shower room: This was stripped back and lined with Wedi wet-room board. The walls were then tiled with large (1200 x 600mm) ultra-thin porcelain gloss white tiles laid horizontally, incorporating a mirror of the same size plus shelving. We installed an elevated wet floor, tiled with textured light grey tiles (1200 x 600mm). The existing shower valve, free-standing toilet, basin and mixer tap were reinstated with minor maintenance.

Bedrooms: Our work included fitting a wardrobe and adjustable shelving systems, and renovating an en-suite toilet and shower, and installing a Duravit vanity worktop with twin oval deep basins.  

Hallway: Having removed wooden timber wall panels, we made good and painted all surfaces white. The engineered mahogany flooring was retained and renovated by sanding and applying Bono Mega extra matt varnish finish.

In all other areas, we laid Amtico luxury vinyl Weathered Oak flooring over a sound-resistant membrane.