Hitting the US!


We have stumbled upon our Ranelagh Residence on a number of American sites and blogs this week which we are delighted about, one of which was Home Adore which is pretty great! 



And then we received a PDF of the Ranelagh project featured in the fantastic Brazilian interiors magazine Revista Living… it seems Brazil is a fan of the more eclectic style!

Were all pretty chuffed in the office and here is to a lot more!


Front cover



So it has been a few weeks since the last Mount Pleasant update, with builders holidays and of course Kingston Lafferty Design’s! Things have run over time slightly but we are now just working on final details. It is so exciting to see all of the joinery coming together, the spiral staircase painted, the tiles being laid…it won’t be much longer! A lot of the light fittings have been installed also. So we are now working on the furniture specifications and soft landscaping…. hold tight to see the finished results, for now here is a visual update!

Limestone tiles and spiral staircase in basement, lights and stone in garden
Pantry wall in kitchen leading to extension, ready for counter to be fitted
Timber panelling has been painted, planting to be planted
Finished well, with switches and lights built in
Bespoke pantry wall of storage
Painted staircase and limestone floor
Basement bathroom….getting there!
Hall tiles…dreamy!
En-suite bathroom
Main first floor bathroom….ming green marble mosaics
The office with built in bookcases and restored floor
Kitchen view from extension
Sue in snag list mode!

Works at the house have been mainly focused on finishing the Hampton Conservatory to our design specifications. It is all hand painted and hand made so it has taken over 3 weeks to complete installation. It is now complete and we are delighted with the quality and high standard that it adds to the house. Internally, painting and tiling has begun and all joinery is being constructed in the warehouse for installation in two weeks time.

Final details and glazing being fitted
All of garden concrete complete
Fencing complete and ready for painting
The view from within
The beginning of the tiling for basement bathroom..watch this space!
A hint of the first floor bathroom

Main structure of our Hampton Conservatory has been built and beautiful linear fencing is being fitted…very exciting stuff! It gets more exciting each week now, when you can see all of your hard work coming together. We have now finalised all of our joinery designs with the client including 2x bathroom consoles, walk in wardrobe, full kitchen, bespoke kitchen island and full height pantry wall, wardrobe in double bedroom, bookcases and panelling in office. We have also finalised the remaining finishes which include paint, wallpaper, cornicing, carpets and ironmongery. ….Not too long now!

Contemporary, linear, slatted panelling will line the boundary walls of the garden. To be painted.
View to ground floor with conservatory on top
Lowest tier with salvaged brick paving and well with matching paving
Additional planters on mid tier with rendered finish
First view of the conservatory
First look inside

Most of the messy work has now been carried out on site so it is becoming easier to see each room and the external design work more clearly. The hard landscaping is mostly complete now, with all of the remaining concrete works completed. The three tiers are fully constructed and we can start to appreciate the strong lines that are part of the landscape design. Now that we are having some nice weather, we can also appreciate what a nice sun trap the garden is going to be. Because the garden is mostly below ground level, it does not get a lot of wind. The sun also reaches all three tiered and lights up the beautiful Ecocem render that is on the walls. Looking forward to the soft landscaping being added! Everything is now ready for Hampton to install the conservatory that we designed. Unfortunately for them, they are going to have to bring every last piece through the house.

3 tiered garden with newly Ecocem rendered walls
Walls ready for electrics
well in lowest tier, ready for brick facing
new architrave and panelling into walk in wardrobe
View from first floor window
New hardwood door
Well with first stage of salvaged brick facing
Hampton windows
Mid tier flower beds and seating being built
View of full house without scaffolding…ready for extension!
Salvaged yellow brick paving butting up to rendered concrete on top tier
Nice to see our graphic design in one of our interiors!!

The main works that have been taking place over the last week have been outside in the garden. The final retaining concrete walls have been poured and set and the structure of the three tier landscape design is becoming more visible. It is getting us all very excited for the end result! The first set of wide concrete steps to the mid tier have been formed and the excavation for the rainwater harvesting has been done. The rain water harvesting tank has also been installed in the mid tier with the necessary plumbing works for it being carried out now. Patching up of damaged walls and ceilings is taking place inside, while at Kingston Lafferty Design we are busy detailing all of the joinery for the kitchen and walk in wardrobe. Tiles and finishes have been ordered, so finishes will start to be applied over the next few weeks.

Work boots lined up in a row!
Internal plastering in en-suite bathroom
structural concrete walls define the three tiered garden design
Uneven walls require a lot of patching up
New hot water cylinder ready for installation
Rainwater harvesting tank set into mid tier garden level
Quite the task to get that digger out of there!!
Original lathe and plaster ceiling needs a lot of patching up