Alidad Ltd provides sympathetic bespoke renovation of existing period houses, many of which have been brutally ‘modernised’ over the decades and have had all their original architectural features removed. ‘My job is to listen to the needs of my client and marry his or her living requirements with a period house built centuries ago; I have to blend two different worlds together. I also need to think ahead as to how their living requirements will develop over the years, so that very little has to be drastically changed for many years to come. The package we offer embraces many different elements.’
In any renovation project Alidad prepares and executes detailed architectural specifications from there modelling and rethinking of the existing layout, to the creation of entire extensions to make the home viable for a modern family. Today’s family demands more bathrooms, extra storage, a larger kitchen, a media room, a gymnasium and a swimming pool etc. Everything has to be created respectfully and sympathetically for the architecture of the building itself.
Alidad also employs teams of craftsmen to reintroduce as many of the original features as possible, from the correct cornices and fireplaces to the door handles, thus returning harmony and balance to the original building.
As high tech living has taken root, a challenge for Alidad Ltd is to incorporate it discreetly into a period home which was not born to embrace it.