Behind the brief: Tim Flynn Architects

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A Mayfair family residence that incorporates a traditional style for a modern family? Tim Flynn Architects tick all the right boxes

What was the brief?
We were commissioned to recapture the lost grandeur of a Grade II listed property in Mayfair which had been subdivided extensively over its lifetime.

A driving factor for our clients was that the refurbishment wasn’t a replication of their homes elsewhere in the world and was true to itself and its surrounding environment. They wanted to reference the English style of the property’s past and this was achieved by opening the rooms and restoring them to their original footprint.

The key aspect was to use English based manufacturers and specialists who still uphold the skills, craftsmanship and understanding of the building techniques of these period homes.

Careful consideration was given to the design of materials used for the specialist cabinetry throughout the house, utilising sustainable hardwoods and veneers such as oak and mahogany. We were also able to reinstate lost decorative mouldings for cornicing and ceiling panels as well as intricate wall panelling, inspired by the timber paneling of the great libraries of English country homes.

Another important aspect was the use of both parquetry floors and straight oak boards which were supplied and installed by English craftsman, though using techniques which allow for the demands of today’s lifestyle.

The result is a reinvigorated, luxurious yet functional English home thoroughly equipped to withstand the rigours of busy family life.

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What was the budget?
We worked with a budget of £8million.

What was the biggest challenge?
One of our biggest challenges was that the main contractor went into liquidation during the construction. However, with our project management skills we were able to seamlessly continue with the project.

Anything go wrong?
Because it was a Grade II listed building, conservation officers were overly sensitive to the restoration initially and this involved considerable effort to convince them to adopt our layouts.

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What went right?
The clients were happy that we provided a turnkey solution from planning, architecture, interiors to bespoke furniture, art acquisition and post project maintenance.

What are you most pleased with?
The design of the traditional style property still allowed the clients to raise their young family with their modern and busy lifestyle.

What would change if you could start again?
We wouldn’t change a thing.

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Client involvement – hands on or hands-off?
We treat every project as a journey that starts and ends with the individual vision of our clients, rather than impose a strict signature style. In this case the clients wanted to be hands on and we involved them at every step of the project.

What next?
We continue to provide a full suite of architecture and interior design services in central London and with great attention to detail and innovative approach we create houses that we can be proud of.

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