Living room at Belgrave property

Buckinghamshire listed house, Bray

Working with designer Christopher Howe and listed building specialist architect Bruce Cavell, Margreiter completed this stunning Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed country house in Bray in 2017.

The building was reconfigured to give useful family spaces with modern services whilst sensitively enhancing the listed building structure, including bringing the building together with a 20msq kitchen under a timber framed glass lantern roof leading directly into an orangery dining room opening onto the garden.

New services were carefully installed behind carefully chosen materials, for example, repurposed cheese boards for a wide board herringbone floor, using old beam timbers to set the range cooker into an alcove in order to make it seem like it had always been there.

Upstairs the double chimney was reopened and relined to create two functioning fireplaces with reclaimed fire surrounds. Throughout the house large panel reclaimed timber floors were installed, arriving as dirty boards they were planed down on one side to be able to fit and the new surface sanded and wax sealed to give an aged effect so that they seemed to have been there forever.

This project created a 21st Century functional family home within a Grade I and Grade II listed building.