For JBS to be handed the keys of an empty home and to establish it as a building site is by far the most productive and cost-effective way of making any home improvement.
These projects as with the bigger back extensions are usually Architect lead. To commission, a project like this is more likely the preserve of a developer or a client able to finance the works and afford alternative accommodation. An American lady, heir to her families US-wide furniture and furnishings empire engaged JBS ltd to completely renovate her 6 bedroomed first-floor apartment in an Edwardian mansion block just south of Kensington High street.
This required in the first instant establishing a good working relationship with the buildings management team and to determine access and the adjustment of the main services to the apartment in order to affect the renovations required. The design insisted on relocating the kitchen and bathrooms, installing full and comprehensive underfloor heating in addition to retaining the existing heating system which was communal. This required draining the whole apartment blocks heating system. An authentic parquet flooring was later fixed into engineered board throughout. This would remain stable over the underfloor heating. Other more extraordinary features included the star-dotted skylight in the ceiling of the projection room and the most expensive glass mosaic tiling affixed to the meandering walls of the shower area and the dipping pool.
If not the stuff of the average job the success of this project is a good testimony to the diligent working practices JBS ltd apply to all their jobs.