All the pressed metal ceilings were restored, including magnificent domed ceilings in the larger rooms. Craftsmen made exacting plaster replicas for small areas where the ceilings had rusted due to leaks in the roof.
"One of the unexpected finds in house, was the discovery of the beautiful pressed metal ceilings in the hallway," says Peat. "These had been completely covered over by a false ceiling with bungalow-style beams."
In rebuilding the north facade, the team removed a deck with an unattractive fibrolite balustrading. The new kitchen-family living area now opens to a covered loggia, complete with glass roof, white-painted wood battens overhead and white shutters. The battens allow filtered sunlight to penetrate, and with an outdoor gas fireplace, the loggia has become an outdoor room that can be used all year round.
"With its long row of shutters, the loggia also works as a screening device for the family area beyond, creating an intervention between inside and out," says Aimer.
New garaging was added below this area, along with a television room, bedroom and bathroom facilities. Peat says the lower level could be a teenagers' retreat or guest quarters.
"We also built two bedrooms within the attic, one a master suite with dressing room and ensuite bathroom," says Aimer. "We added skylights and dormer windows, but ensured the raised roof elements were the same pitch as the original so it looks as though it belongs."