Renovating a period home like the housing stock of south-west London, requires a thoughtful, intelligent approach. OLBC is a boutique design and construction company with specialist knowledge of heritage and listed buildings.
Understanding how to create a modern, functional family home within a period property requires a deep understanding of London’s historical housing stock. OLBC have the experience and design skills to create homes that work for how we live now, while respecting the character of the building. Whether it’s a turn-key, full refurbishment or a high-end basement project, directors Marc Stchedroff and Rosie Caley work closely with their clients every step of the way, from architectural design, planning and listed building consents to construction and project management. To ensure their vision of outstanding quality and design is realised, they also offer a full interior design and furnishing service. Basement conversions have given many city homes a new lease of life, fulfilling requirements that traditional layouts cannot, from gyms and wine cellars to cinemas and saunas, but the build needs to be thoughtful.
Planning can be complex, but OLBC have a 100% success rate in gaining basement planning consents in London. Ensuring your new level sensitively flows from your existing home requires more than a staircase; OLBC basements are highly crafted to seamlessly link from the original house through lightwells or via landscaping. The success of a basement starts and ends with clarity of design, particularly harnessing natural light, and the integration of the lightwell is crucial. Creating a feeling of space while maximising room size involves innovative design, utilising ceiling heights and hallways to the best advantage. OLBC’s design team will introduce you to the possibilities of your space and provide options according to look and budget. From colours and finishes to bespoke furniture and joinery, OLBC caters for all levels of interior design.
Through a methodical construction process, the impact of your project on the rest of your home (and your neighbours) will be minimal. It is more than feasible to remain in your home when a basement is being constructed. All gaps are sealed to minimise dust and all work areas are screened off. Noise is limited as OLBC has invested in some of the first all-electric JCBs so the team can not only dig fast but quietly. This doubles down on OLBC’s commitment to reduce direct CO2 emissions from its work as much as possible. The duration of the build is dictated by the scale, specification and ground conditions of the project, and a tight but realistic timetable is drawn up and followed.
Since OLBC started building basements in 2002, they have never had an insurance claim for damage to a neighbouring building, so you can be assured that the houses are in the best hands. By training their teams in-house, OLBC are confident that the utmost care of and attention to your property is their top priority, resulting in a modern, innovative basement that sympathetically links to the rest of your home.