Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Sami Attia

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Sami Attia is proud of this successful renovation in Bath

Sami Attia, has realised his dream of renovating and restoring this formerly run down property in Bath, Somerset into a stunning family home which now exude its original classic Georgian charm.

Sami Attia, Bath

'My inspiration for property developing definitely evolved from being brought up in a period Country House Hotel in Somerset. My late mother had an amazing eye for quality and detail and slowly successfully transformed our unique home into a beautiful Hotel and successful family run business. Being fortunate enough to have been brought up in such a wonderful place taught me a great deal about the importance of presentation and detail', says Sami, ' and to this present day, I have an admiration and affection for period property. Old houses are  like trees as they have stood the test of time and have experienced much. I particularly love Georgian property and architecture due to their proportions, detailing and sense of grandeur. I have focussed on the city of Bath in the last four years to develop property there.'

Sitting Room before the renovation
My overall aim has always been to create the highest possible finish to a renovation/refurbishment simply because I am quite obsessed in getting the detailing correct and to the highest possible standard, to bring the best out of the character of the building. 

Sitting room after renovation

The dated kitchen on the 4th floor was far from ideal, so Sami set about building a new one in the basement, which had formerly been used as a workshop. This proved to be quite a challenge, as initially tons of rubble had to be excavated and disposed of and on the day of delivering his brand new range cooker, a window had to be removed in order to get it through with the help of a crane’, recalls Sami.  ‘I still can’t believe it took 2 six ton trucks to get rid of all that rubble but it was definitely worth the extra push, as I now have a magnificent spacious kitchen with a breakfast and utility room’

A new staircase was fitted and Sami restored this old door. Duncan Copeman, a local skilled craftsman designed and built all the cupboards and wardrobes in this renovation.

The cabinets were painted in Elephant’s Breath eggshell, £50.00 for 2.5 litres, Farrow and Ball

‘Fitting a new and more elegant fireplace has given this room a strong focal point’, says Sami

Before and after Images of Master Bedroom

Before the renovation this bathroom used to be the kitchen on the 4th floor.
Before image of kitchen on the 4th Floor

Wall and floor marble tiles supplied by Mandarin Stone, ‘St Adrien Polished’, £89.94 per Sq Metre. Bette Classic, steel bath ( 170cm x 75cm) £639.60, Doble Bathrooms. 
Now a Luxury Bathroom

When it comes to the decor it is really useful to enlist the help of an interior design company, Casa Forma is a favourite of mine.  In this renovation, Sami chose Julie from JI Design to help him with the interior and all the furnishings. Together they worked on creating a neutral colour scheme throughout the house. For example he opted for Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White in the master bedroom to help create a calm and relaxing atmosphere and Skimming Stone on the kitchen walls to compliment the colour of the cabinets. Fortunately, Sami’s cousin has a soft furnishing company who designed and made all the Roman blinds.

This bedroom used to be the previous owners sitting room.

          Feature wall covered in Momentum Luxe Wallpaper, £50 per roll, Harlequin 

Duncan Copeman designed and built all the fitted wardrobes

Although this renovation and restoration has taken over two years, Sami is proud of what he has achieved. Realising this property’s true potential has been a huge challenge but the end result is simply a stylish home that combines classic Georgian features and details, but is sympathetic to modern living. ‘I feel privileged to have played a part in the history of such a beautiful house and to have been able to transform it back into a comfortable and stylish family home once again’, says Sami.

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