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Inspiration: Victorian House Restoration

Victorian House Restoration

Victorian House Restoration
Victorian House Restoration

The extensive use of ceramic tiles has played a central role in transforming a once-derelict , classic Victorian mansion into a beautiful and fully restored family home.

The house in Nottingham’s The Park conservation area was built by the noted local architect, Thomas Hine in the 1870s but was converted into six flats in the 1960s.

When the present owners took over three years ago, it was unoccupied and derelict. Many of the priceless original fittings had been torn out and dumped in the garden and the floorboards were seriously damaged or missing.
The beautiful Minton tiled entrance hall was badly neglected and need of restoration.

It was decided to use ceramic tiles in ten of the rooms, including the seven bathrooms, the fabulous, state of the art, supersized kitchen and the large patio area.

The owners had considered using marble and natural stone but eventually went for porcelain look alikes because of their durability, low maintenance and wider variety of colours to enhance and maintain the character of the historic building.

They say the extensive choice of shades, textures and formats enabled them to create a stunning interior design which would tastefully combine the neo-classical architecture with a comfortable modern look. The couple say the range was so huge they could have any feel or ambiance they wanted.

Their choice included a selection of Versace products because the colours and stylish designs were exactly right for the Victorian property.

East Midlands Ceramics was the chosen supplier and the company worked closely with the main contractor, Gary Cutts, who has distinguished track record in the restoration of classic and listed buildings.

The owners say: “EMCs role was absolutely invaluable. They connected completely with the project and gave us very useful suggestions and advice.
“For example, EMC’s Stephen Slawson told us Versace were about to bring out a new range which would be ideal for us – which it was. They kept us right up to date with everything.”

The Minton tiled floor was restored by using an EMC Tiles – recommended Tilemaster cleaning machine and cleaning solutions, designed to bring discoloured and neglected original tiles back to their former glory. EMC Tiles sales director, Stephen Slawson, co-ordinated the project for the company. He said: “This was a multi-faceted project involving an exceptionally wide range of products, formats, materials, skills and techniques – all of which show our industry at its very best.

“We recommended a specialist to restore the Victorian Minton floor, using the latest machinery. Versace tiles were used extensively, especially the Marble series, which was newly launched at the time of fixing. The distinctive medusa panel was showcased in two bathrooms. Large format  80×80 polished porcelain was used in the kitchen, with intricate featured inserts and taco. A patio using 20mm thick porcelain was fixed conventionally and a balcony, again using 20mm porcelain was fitted using pedestals. Wood look alike floor tiles created a harmonious flow from the fully fitted gym to the area surrounding the indoor pool. We supplied all the appropriate materials to ensure the highest quality of stability and finish.

EMC Tiles managing director, Barry Slawson, said: “This was a massive undertaking – involving 650 square meters of tiles. Stephen took personal charge of our involvement with both the contractor and the customer, to make sure everything ran smoothly. The Park is one of Nottingham’s premium conservation areas – where property owners are painstaking in their efforts to maintain the character, appearance and prime condition of their unique and individual period houses. This meant that there was an exceptionally high demand to meet the most exacting standards. Ceramic and porcelain tiles were the ideal materials for this type of project – hardwearing, stylish and in keeping with the classic building. We didn’t just supply of new tiles but we also provided the techniques and materials to restore the original Minton floor. The use of porcelain tiles inside and out creates a unifying factor in this wonderful period property that I’m sure even the Victorian architect, Thomas Hine, would have approved of. “

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