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APD Interiors turns 10 years old

June 11, 2014

Today we are celebrating APD Interiors turning 10 years old. From humble beginnings back in 2004 we have grown over the last 10 years to become a successful design and build company who operates internationally. It’s been a rocky road at times, especially through the recent economic crisis when no-one was spending money on their interiors – so we are pleased to be celebrating 10 years in business today. To celebrate I wanted to take a look back over the past 10 years at some of my favourite projects and explain how the business started.

In 2001 I had just purchased by first home with my partner in Islington and I was working in the City in private equity. In the evening I studied at The Interior Design School to learn more about the design process to help plan the major renovation work on the wreck of a house we had purchased. Then just as we’d started our project I was made redundant! I immediately saw this as an opportunity to escape the City, follow my dreams and finally work in interiors.

6 months later our new home was finished and was everything we wanted it to be. I’d spent my time learning about sourcing products, building contacts and also visiting the site to learn from our build team. Nothing prepares you for working in the Interiors industry like good experience onsite. Under the gentle supervision of our architect I ran our project day to day and when it was finished I knew interior design was my future.

After a brief stint working as an intern for another designer I quickly decided I’d only be happy running my own practice so on 11 June 2004 APD Interiors was born and I started my business from an office at home. I quickly picked up small projects through recommendations from our architect, worked on his projects and was also featured in the Evening Standard. One of my first large projects was the complete renovation of a mansion block apartment in Maida Vale. Designed for ‘a country lad who lived in town’ the style reflected his personal taste with painted kitchen cabinets and granite worktops.

Over the next few years my business steadily grew. My partner was still working as a senior Director in the corporate world but then in 2010 following his own redundancy we decided it  was time to work together and grow the brand I’d been nurturing. Our clients increasingly wanted a company that dealt with everything for them – they are busy people and want one company to provide a turnkey service from start to finish. We therefore launched our Design and Build service, providing the one stop shop our clients asked for.

One of the first projects of our new enlarged business was the extension of a Grade II listed property in Islington. This was our first experience of working on a listed building, understanding not only the complexities of a building dating back to 1860 – but also the needs of the Conservation departments. From start to finish the project took nearly two years but the new glass infill brought light and openness to the property. Islington Council now feature this project on their Planning Documentation as the perfect example of a lightweight glass extension.

Since completing this project we have had a further two glass extensions approved by Islington Council which are both about to enter the build stage. We also have one in planning with Camden Council which is 4 floors up on an ex diamond warehouse in Hatton Garden. With the technical advances in glass manufacturing the possibilities are endless. The glass on the extension shown is so strong you could apparently sit a mini car on the top of it!

Over the years our skill set has increased to allow our clients to carry on their lives while we build the home for them to live in and enjoy. The majority of our work is now completed within Conservation areas of London and we have also worked on more Listed buildings. Understanding the processes and workings of the regulatory bodies is an essential part of a successful building project and is a skill set we have in abundance.

In the last few years we have also worked on a  number of full house renovations in London. An example is shown below. This project involved the complete design and specification, project management and build for the whole property, which included three bedroom, two bathrooms and opening up the lower ground floor to create a new open plan entertaining room. As the ‘before and after’ images show an outdated small extension was removed to allow for a much larger extension with new bifold doors to open onto the garden.

Morton Road

Recent projects we have completed include a number of bespoke handleless kitchens for clients. The lack of handles allow the kitchen to blend seamlessly into a large open plan space. We now use solid surface worktops as standard to ensure our clients have a good quality surface that will provide years of service in their home.

A recent bathroom we did called on all our skills of sourcing to design and build a bathroom that was 3m x 4m for a very tight budget. Large bathrooms usually require large budgets due to the size of the room. With the design scheme agreed we sourced all the tiles for the room from Topps Tiles and they gave the perfect style the client wanted. The contemporary mosaics used in the shower were a very reasonable £50 m2., a great price for mosaic tiles!

Bathroom 5

Having reached our tenth birthday we are now looking forward to the future and exploring new markets and new ways to connect with our clients. We intend to grow our commercial arm over the next year, working with established professions in this field. We are also intending to fine tune our Facebook page and our Twitter page to connect with new clients. Our Houzz page features all of latest projects and later this year our website will be relaunched to reflect our new business services and feature more recent projects.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to grow our business, whether you are a client, a supplier or someone who has just helped us along the ways – here’s to another 10 years!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2014 4:28 pm

    Congrats! Great work!

  2. June 12, 2014 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday and well done you. It was interesting to hear why you decided to have a change of career and how it came about. My reasons for studying Interior Design and consequently starting up my business are exactly the same as yours, snap!! I just hope that I too can be as successful as APD one day 🙂

  3. June 12, 2014 9:09 am

    Congratulations to team APD Interiors – 10 years old, wow! Great post, great blog, thanks Andrew!

  4. June 20, 2014 7:19 am

    Congratulations. Such a great achievement to grow your business from birth to success in 10 years. And a great post about the journey. Well done.

  5. July 17, 2014 1:06 pm

    Congratulation you and your all team.Your are doing such a great job.Best of wishes of your next 10 year.

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