Beautiful Florence and it’s Stunning Architecture, told in pictures.

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The above property is on the market with Knight Frank http://search.knightfrank.co.uk/rsi090741, doesn’t look lmuch from the outside but has a price tag of €14,000,000 and set in grounds of over 5 acres, wonderful.

 

 


Beautiful Florence and It’s Stunning Architecture

River Arno


Last Self Build Blog For Awhile.

THE HOUSE IS FINISHED

This is how it turned out,  pictures first , blurb at the bottom…

Night Time View Warren House Highgate

HEATED POOL AND SPA NEW BUILD IN HIGHGATE GAIL GOSS LUKE WARREN

Entrance to Warren House Highgate Gail Goss and Luke Warren

Kitchen lightbox Warren House Highgate

Dining Area Warren House Highgate Night time Shot

Dining Area Doors Open Warren House Daytime Highgate London

Warren House 10m Terrace Highgate London

View to the Kitchen Warren House Highgate

TV Snug Room Warren House Highgate Gail Goss Luke Warren

Master Bedroom Warren House Highgate Gail Goss Luke Warren

Master Bathroom Warren House Highgate

Master Ensuite Warren House Highgate

Rear View Daytime Warren House Highgate

The house  is located in a discreet section of Highgate and incorporates all the 21st century mod cons and niceties.   The amazing open plan detached pavilion style reception has direct access to the heated lap pool and heated spa and lawned garden on one side and a 10 m balcony on the other.

We enter the house via a hacienda style courtyard with black bamboo for contemporary greenery or  electronically controlled spacious garages with space for three cars. We achieved the massive amount of light through the enormous expanse of glass sliding and bi-fold doors which can be completely opened adding to the openness of the ground floor living area, perfect in the summer when entertaining.

Running adjacent to the living area is a large but intimate snug, we went with a natural wood burning fire rather than gas.

An Intelligent lighting system with a myriad of pre-set lighting scenes controls the mood with full iPad/iPhone functionality.

The light box in the kitchen housing the extractor which has complete colour change control depending on your mood or the occasion. Lighting again is picked up in the lap pool and spa with a cascade waterfall bringing the wall to life.

Three of the bedrooms have their own ensuites and direct access to another 10 m balcony whilst the master bedroom has direct access to the decked terrace and it’s own master ensuite. The boutique style bathroom is furnished with Duravit drawers and console with Hansgrohe fittings and matching Victoria and Albert volcanic limestone bath and double basins. Epoxy Resin flooring throughout this -2 level.

Sustainable features include a sedum roof, rainwater recycling, LED and Compact Fluorescent lighting.  The guest WC and utility room is located on the ground floor with a plant room housing the boilers and water tanks directly under garage one.

The lighting is my favourite bit, using the iPhone to control the lights is great, my husband says my phone is surgically attached so works for me.

If you would like more details about any of the build, what we used and from where we bought please email, I’m happy to oblige.

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NB Photographs by Murray  www.realfocus.co.uk.  Many thanks the pictures came out great.

And a big thanks to Ingrid http://www.ipwinteriors.co.uk, interior designer with flair.


Diary of a Self Builder Part 4.

Haven’t blogged for a while, I’ve even deleted my Facebook account (for a short time only) just so I could concentrate on the house and my business, outside of the children and the summer holidays of course.

This is the last but one blog on this particular subject (for the time being), will need a break to rest and recoup from the stresses of delays and being let down completely.  I wish I could say that we never had to worry about the money, but that would be a lie.

 


Diary of A Self Builder Part 3

I can TASTE the finish (my husband just tastes dust!), but mistakes can still be made, so a high degree of concentration mixed with strong negotiation skills and style is paramount.

To be a Self Builder you require a variety of skills, for example:

  • Instilling Confidence – especially with the banks.   If you borrowed money on  your project before the crash like us, when banks were throwing money at you and then having to ask for more during the 2nd worst recession ever, well no university can teach you how to keep from losing it all. (Sorry should have mentioned they did lend and it wasn’t due to luck.  Just perseverance, passion, conviction and likeability).

The rest of the skills needed are in no particular order:

  • Mathematician
  • Negotiator
  • Critical Thinker
  • Interior Designer
  • Architect (Grrrrr)
  • Budget Planner
  • Accountant
  • Amicable/Diplomatic
  • Composed
  • Man-Manager
  • Decision Maker
  • Lighting Designer
  • Researcher
  • Labourer
  • Cleaner…

The list goes on but above all you need a great sense of humour, nerves of steel and some knowledge of the Polish language for a good site morale and the banter, of course.

Before I upload the pictures I would like to mention the lighting, WOW  haven’t we moved on from the equally spaced ceiling halogen lights.  All LEDs now darling and low energy fluorescent strip lights in light boxes with wall/ceiling washes.  We’ve taken the sophisticated lighting designs from the likes of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges to create seamless illumination to curves, coves and subtle light washes in the corridors and stair area.   Hence the ceiling boxes in this photo.

For visualization:   Except in our kitchen there will be a light box running above the full length and width of the 4m by 1.3m Island.

At the moment its all about the LIGHTS.  Lights around the garden, down the walls in side and out and in the pool/spa. There are so many great examples to pump you full of inspiration.

Just a few pics of where we’re at!  Busy Bees and the Plasterers doing (having t0!) a fine job.

This is the utility room and the tech hub of the house with all the wires which incorporate the wired and wireless light and alarm system operated by Rako’s funky switches, PIRs and now by your iPad/iPhone, love it.

Whilst the sun is shining…Just 3 weeks until the balconies arrive.

I’d love to hear your story or very happy to help, we’re not selfish in that department.


Originally posted on Agent-Mumpreneur's Blog:

The end is in sight!

Kitchen, bathrooms, floor finishes, tiles, garden, lighting, swimming pool, jacuzzi, balconies, paint finishes, wardrobes, the list goes on…

Garden leading from the kitchen area with raised beds and painted battens to add to the contemporary design of the house.

Lazy lawn to protect the slate tiles, notice the difference?  Been lucky with the weather, as it’s been raining way too much since the hosepipe ban.  On dry days the Rainwater Harvester holding 1500 litres will be used for the garden and all WC’s.

Making a stylish effort on the rear of the swimming pool,  as well as using Jackson’s Fine Fencing, we’re planting Bamboo and Silver Birches.

On the terrace outside the -2 bedrooms, hard wooden painted slats,  surrounding the balau decking for security and privacy.

The floor is being poured end of next week (all 5ooo sq ft of it) and we’ve decided to go with a…

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Diary of a Self Builder Part 2

The end is in sight!

Kitchen, bathrooms, floor finishes, tiles, garden, lighting, swimming pool, jacuzzi, balconies, paint finishes, wardrobes, the list goes on…

Garden leading from the kitchen area with raised beds and painted battens to add to the contemporary design of the house.

Lazy lawn to protect the slate tiles, notice the difference?  Been lucky with the weather, as it’s been raining way too much since the hosepipe ban.  On dry days the Rainwater Harvester holding 1500 litres will be used for the garden and all WC’s.

Making a stylish effort on the rear of the swimming pool,  as well as using Jackson’s Fine Fencing, we’re planting Bamboo and Silver Birches.

On the terrace outside the -2 bedrooms, hard wooden painted slats,  surrounding the balau decking for security and privacy.

The floor is being poured end of next week (all 5ooo sq ft of it) and we’ve decided to go with a Mid Grey ‘Shake and Bake’ buffed concrete finish, to stay true to the building.

So out goes…

And in comes…

Notice the section without underfloor heating, that’s where the kitchen island will be at 3.6m in length with floor to ceiling cupboards, totaling 13 m!  Not to mention the utility room, plant room and the 2 garages to store an extra freezer!

Like this:

Children back at school from next Monday so full steam ahead…


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