At Decor-Solutions we do not limit ourselves to interior design and decoration, we are have experience with other projects such as garden maintenance and renovation. Here are just some of the many and varied projects we have undertaken
At Decor-Solutions we are used to tackling buildings of all sizes. In this particular case a number of specialist sub-contractors were required for additional renovations.
Weatherall Roofing assisted in the replacement of two roof finials - one with a dragon design, the pointing of a central chimney, additional lead work and roofing.
O M Carpentry replaced a considerable amount of rotten timber and decoration and are returning for more renovations next year.
Also Glass Supplies replaced sash window glass where toughened glass was required and specialist leaded windows where these were broken. Notice here too the very specialist sash windows needing careful restoration.
Working alongside our client we were able to address correct colour matching and painting detail to get the final result you see here, a stunning Victorian building finished and protected for years to come. When I say finished, I will point out there are a couple of carpentry jobs postponed until next year you might notice here? We simply ran out of time..
Working in association with Carlos Elsesser of AAC Studios we undertook this major extension to turn this 60's detached house from a three bed into a five bedroom. We actually sacrificed one of the bedrooms for an en-suite to the new master bedroom but the results here were superb.
Along with our interior designer, Caroline Pickering of Style My Home we got just the effect the client wanted. Special attention was paid to the lighting to enhance the home and once the build was completed Decor-Solutions went through all of the house refreshing and decorating.
New internal doors were provided to all the rooms not just the new build. Having been extended three times previously this final extension made the house a lot more balanced.
Attention to detail here was imperative and I hope you agree this tenacity paid off.
This property on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells required a considerable amount of restoration and refurbishment before we attempted the renovation and painting.
Work undertaken included lead work, window restoration, cable removal, roofing and masonry repairs. Here you can see the overall affect of our finished painting to this amazing period property.
We supervised all the specialist trades working on this property thus giving our client piece of mind in only having to deal with us. All these specialists have worked with us before and we trust them implicitly.
As well as personal decorations and renovations Decor-Solutions get called upon for Corporate work with both large projects and small. In this case we renovated these garage door frames a couple of years ago and were now called back to refurbish and paint the doors and other detail.
All the doors received three coats of exterior oil-based paint and the woodwork some oil-based stain too. To complete the effect we washed down all the UPVC Fascias and cleared a lot of the weeds.
Sometimes it is necessary to bring in some experts with their machinery to clear a somewhat neglected area. This compost dumping ground did have two very large compost bins under here somewhere. Once cleared these were found and repaired and re-construction got under way.
The area by the end was much more user friendly with a huge amount of compost to be going on with.
We have always said no job too small but this 1M x 1M column in Pembury Road Tunbride Wells probably has been the smallest one to date.
A lorry smashed it down last year and it took a while to re-build due to insurance difficulties and then bad weather. However it was completed in the spring and the untouched column to the other side was additionally painted to match.
All is good now and all details matched up beautifully by our skilled craftsmen on behalf of Edwards & Son Ltd.
The client enquired if we could paint his tired sheds more to look like the beach huts he had seen on holiday. With a little effort, in a couple of days, we transformed these into the colourful scene you see here.
The addition of a few children's' toys just added to the overall effect.
A number of problems needed to be overcome with this room. The water ingress to the chimney breast, a very dark ceiling with silver stars, dark walls and damage to one wall. In a little over a week using quality products this room was transformed from a teenage bedroom full of emotion to a room ready to entertain overnight guests.
This particular project involved the total transformation of the lounge for our client. The removal of a very old fire and surround, wall lighting and carpeting left us a blank canvas on which to create a better, more relaxing area. Our professional carpenter Ollie Moon of O M Carpentry, created these bespoke cupboards and shelving in natural wood for us to paint up to a satinwood finish.
The results were stunning.
This was one of our first major exterior undertakings back in 2011. With our partnership scaffolding company we were able to access fully all the details of this prominent building. Over the course of six weeks we transformed this into the stunning result you see here. For the woodwork we used Dulux Trade Weathershield 1,2,3 System having an oil-based undercoat (we always apply two under-coats) as well as an oil-based gloss top coat. We use this system on all our exterior work unless the client specifies something else. For the masonry likewise we use Weathershield Masonry Paint.
Tower House was to become our toughest project to date creating so many situations within the one project that things could so easily have gone very wrong. With such a lovely building in such a prominent position in one of the more fashionable areas of Tunbridge Wells it was imperative that we got it right especially as far as colour was concerned.Going above and beyond mere painting it was necessary to drive the client around various other properties in the area to ascertain which colours they had used and how best to proceed with her property.
Being a great advocate of the use of colour to enhance both inside and outside homes it follows that I look for alternatives to the eternal 'industrial' black for supporting steel work. This substantial decking requires quite some structural support over the patio for the decking. The painting of the previous black beams into a beige colour enhances the area no end turning it more into a living space you can enjoy. The decking was pressure washed and oiled (note how the rain sits on the handrail) and finally the paving pressure washed to provide this amazing finish.
We can fairly say that this house had not been touched for a good number of years before we came along. Our client desired to remove two chimneys (through the upstairs bedrooms and into the loft) and two major internal walls. In doing so this created one large open space that was brighter and much more airy than before. The work did not require planning permission but with AAC Studio handling the design and buildings regs we had no problems. Building was handled by Edwards & Son of Hastings. The full work took just over3 months with our specialist painting too.
Very often the changing of the walls and ceiling only are enough to give a room a new and much improved appearance. So it has been with this light and airy lounge in a delightful bungalow in Groombridge. With a considered eye to colour and the choosing of a complimentary wall paper the overall affect has been to create a stunning room where once it was just functional and dated. Notice too the bold use of colour in certain accessories.
Following the re-decoration of a room sometimes we are asked to help with some additions outside of our usual remit. �In this case the re-covering of an existing headboard and the making of a matching valence swiftly added to the desired effect.
Our specialist upholsterer, Jerome Shorter at jeromeshorter.co.uk, certainly pulled it off with this faux suede.
In a very short space of time this dated kitchen was transformed into something bright and modern to suit the conversion of this family home. With an eye to style but still keeping within an acceptable budget our client was delighted in how well we put it all together.
In this second Decimus Burton property it was imperative that attention was given to the period charm and character of the building. The client had a firm idea of exactly what he wanted for his home and the final affect he wanted to achieve. Farrow & Ball colours were selected and carefully a scaffold tower was erected within the central staircase. With attention to detail in the design and finish we were able to prepare all the woodwork to the utmost quality finish. New lining paper to the walls provided a surface so smooth you would have thought it had just been re-plastered. New carpeting was fitted once the painting and papering were finished and the final result was breathtaking.
Tower House was to become our toughest project to date creating so many situations within the one project that things could so easily have gone very wrong. With such a lovely building in such a prominent position in one of the more fashionable areas of Tunbridge Wells it was imperative that we got it right especially as far as colour was concerned. Going above and beyond mere painting it was necessary to drive the client around various other properties in the area to ascertain which colours they had used and how best to proceed with her property.
More recently Decor-Solutions have been involved with a number of period properties in need of sympathetic renovation. Working closely with owners we have brought in our specialist colleagues to restore interior details to their former glory. Using qualified carpenters, plasterers and painters we have been able to provide some stunning results as witnessed in the pictures here. It goes without saying that a number of the properties we have worked on are listed and thus require special attention.
With our continued work on more period properties we find ourselves contacting more specialists. So it has been with this ceiling rose which is to be the first of many in this superb renovation. This new rose which has been lovingly copied from an original in plaster and then delicately fitted serves to enhance the chandelier perfectly.
This lounge required the TV and Hifi equipment to be made as unobtrusive as possible with the wiring tucked away and the whole room looking much less cluttered. We worked closely with Caroline Pickering of Style My Home www.stylemyhome.com who was brought in as the interior designer. New cupboards and shelving as well as a concealing wall were created by Olli Moon of O M Carpentry www.omcarpentry.co.uk before we completed the decoration with Farrow & Ball paint and had the flooring renovation.
This complete kitchen renovation required a lot of thought and design. With the help of Carlos Elsesser of AAC Studio www.aacstudio.co.uk new plans were drawn up for the refurbishment of both the kitchen and the utility room. In the end we went ahead with the kitchen only and have incorporated a completely new lighting system as well as some useful new storage space. Retaining the original kitchen table we kept a traditional feel while bringing the whole kitchen up in a most modern effect.
With the ability to draw on quality tradesmen throughout various fields Decor-solutions are confident we can produce superb results in most home and office situations. So it is with this beautiful en-suite bathroom. With new bath, toilet, vanity unit, shower door, tiling, flooring and quality paintwork this room becomes transformed in a very short while. All of this work professionally finished to a very high standard.
The bay window seen here is an excellent example of a classic window left for too long in our unyielding weather, the whole of the outer sill was totally gone. The construction of the frame was such that we were able to remove a front section and replace with a new piece of 2" x 3" timber that was glued and screwed into place before being sealed and painted again to a very high standard. The result seen here makes the repair to the classic window almost impossible to discern and will stand the test of time for many years to come.
The client's instruction for this bedroom in a large Georgian property in London was pretty open. They required the room to be redecorated and the construction of a new walk-in cupboard to one side of the chimney breast and a lower cupboard and shelving to the other. A new hardwood floor was required as well as quality, lined, blackout curtains for warmth and to eliminate harsh street lighting.
Increasingly these days people are looking for something a little more creative in their homes and gardens. An old shed can be totally enhanced by covering an existing felt roof with new wooden shingles. In this particular case the shed/greenhouse combination had previously been covered in shingles which were in need of replacement urgently. In a short space of time they were removed and replaced to stunning effect and providing a much needed protection for many years to come.
Very often all it takes is a little time and concentration, and of course the right equipment, to completely restore a patio to its former glory. This property, that we have completed so much work on, benefitted from some TLC to the outside resulting in a lovely presentation to potential new tenants. Even on a winter's morning the transformation is stunning.
This latest wall was constructed over a number of days between two delightful Georgian buildings. The original wall of brickwork and incorporating an arched 'cellar' was near collapse and very dangerous. We built the new wall with solid block work and supporting steels. Once the blocks were cemented in place and the steels tied together we concreted the steels in to provide a lasting strong divide. A render to the top and one side with stainless steel finish created a good result that is not like to rust. With two satisfied customers our work here was done. Quality railings are on order to finish this off.
At Decor-Solutions we are finding ourselves increasingly called upon to carry out renovation work to older buildings, and their surroundings. As well as refurbishment to both the inside and outside of these. In this instance there was this small set of steps in a garden that had fallen into disrepair and were in need of some urgent renovation. In no time at all we were able to remove the stonework, make good the foundations and re-build the steps to make them once again aesthetically pleasing and practically useful.
Increasingly in dealing with period properties it has become important to try and maintain the true nature of the property and restore it to its former, more classic appearance. So it was with this delightful period house front door in Paddock Wood. lt was necessary to take the paintwork back to the original wood and start again. After painstakingly removing a number of layers of paint it was discovered that the original colour was in fact a more subtle and complimentary yellow. With a period paint chart and some careful observation it was possible to obtain a colour match and bring all the woodwork back to its original appearance thus enhancing the whole building.
Very often a bespoke job is required away from the routine decorating we are more popularly known for. So it was with this cellar window which was totally rotten and in need of replacement. With the building being Grade 2 listed it was imperative that a like for like window be created in a single glazed unit as originally seen. Whilst the original opening pane had been replaced some time back it was good to restore this window to its former glory even if not many people would see and admire it.
The wall supported a considerable garden that was a meter higher on the garden side to the road side. It was felt best to take down one section of the wall completely, construct a concrete base and then build up from this on the garden side using concrete slabs where the wall is not visible and re-enforcing with steel rods for strength. We then used the original blocks to re-construct the surface of the wall to maintain the original appearance but offering a much safer and stronger wall. Come back in a month and the stonework will be matching into the original wall further along and almost undetectable.
We found very little wrong with this patio area other than it looked a little neglected and tired. The first thing to do was to clear away those items that would be useful and get rid of anything that would not enhance the new and finished patio. Loose paint was scraped off and any remaining brackets removed before all the cracks and any holes were filled. The wall was then painted with Dulux Weathershield exterior emulsion using light terracotta for the main wall and bright white for the columns. New square trellis was then fixed to the two sections of the wall using screws for later removal should the wall need re-painting in a few years.