To this end, the structural ‘bones’ of the house were left largely exposed – an approach that presented a challenge in itself, with absolute precision, care and consistency required in terms of finish.
‘It adds a layer of complexity when you’re thinking that nothing can be hidden – how do you run services through?’ Daniel explains. Inner workings such as plumbing and electricals that are generally concealed were reinterpreted as decorative elements. ‘You can see where the lighting points come from, the plumbing’s all exposed and it’s all done in copper; even the welding of the copper was on show so it had to be done perfectly.’
The interiors are a visual feast – a kaleidoscope of colour, pattern and texture. Old materials have been used in adventurous new ways, with every detail, from brass soap dishes to glazed doors, designed and crafted by Daniel and the Megaflora team. Finishes include recycled brick, polished concrete, Venetian plaster and vibrantly coloured handmade tiles.
The kitchen features green marble and a showstopping sink, folded and welded from a single sheet of brass. One of the bathroom ceilings is lined with pegboard; in another, an old concrete laundry tub has been given a new lease on life.
‘The overarching theme was eclectic, it wasn’t that the style of home had to be art deco or mid-century modern; it was a mash-up of a lot of different things, but it did need to feel unified,’ Daniel says. This was achieved, he adds, ‘by giving features room to breathe…and the generous use of timber which probably helped it solidify into something more cohesive’.