Under usual circumstances, whenever we get to market a property again after selling it first time round, while the place might look different through its furnishings and accessories, the overall change is, on the whole, fairly slight. So it’s a real pleasure to get to see a major transformation of a space that really hits all the right notes.
When we sold this 1,700ft2 warehouse conversion (and former Majestic Wine store) back in the 1990s, the sell was the rough-n-ready nature of the interior that dated back to its original conversion. While hardly fitted out to its full potential, it was a truly authentic space. So we’ll admit to a certain level of apprehension on hearing of the subsequent refurbishment.
(As loft living has moved into the mainstream, we’ve noticed a tendency to over-glamorise the apartments to a somewhat unnecessary level, seemingly inspired by business hotels in Asia. Essentially stripped of their essence and given the air of a new build in Knightsbridge, we’ve been left wondering why some people buy a loft in the first place. If you want a new build, buy a new build – please.)
However, any concerns we had on that front drifted swiftly away as we stepped over the threshold at Colina House, tucked away in Haringey. What we were presented with was a thoroughly appropriate and beautiful reimagining of the interior that honours all the good lofty bits while delivering a 21st century specification where it’s needed.
Let’s be honest, if you’re going to spend a million, you want a decent kitchen and bathroom. That doesn’t mean you want gold taps and Egyptian styling, but you do want comfort, convenience and quality. In fact you want that throughout your home, but not at the expense of everything else.
We think the owners have achieved a beautiful balance here, combining high quality materials with the original aesthetic. The combination of woodblock and marble worktops is a perfect example, introducing a lavish flourish afforded by marble without getting carried away.
Elsewhere, the (mostly) bright white paint job –including the splendid rafters in the arching roof void– gives the interior a fresh breeziness, and the use of engineered walnut planks has delivered a sleek richness that flows through the apartment in a nod to the original timber floors.
In short, this is how it should be done!
The apartment is for sale at £1.1million and you can read full details here.