Inspired Steps have recently completed an extensive property regeneration project on behalf of GW Properties and ASR4 Investors for the benefit of Arch Living Ltd.

The end-of-terrace Georgian house was built circa 1795 and featured as part of Birmingham’s Heritage Trail. With several rooms, over three stories, it was acquired with the intention of converting into accommodation for young people with mental health impairments. Arch Living really wanted the accommodation to provide a sense of independent living for the residents, a real modern homely feel, rather than institutional functionality.

Though full of character and potential, the building required a full make over, stripping back to its bare bones. Period features were carefully preserved as per its listed status. Georgian sash windows, Minton tiles and ornate woodwork were carefully and lovingly restored.

Modern utilities, cupboards, white goods, fixtures and fittings were all chosen to complement the original features to achieve a balance between the period character and needs of its residents.

Plumbing, electrical and gas services all needed a full overhaul, re-routing and careful planning and implementation. A new efficient boiler and central heating system was installed. Inspired Steps employed it’s tried-and-trusted tradesmen throughout the project. All highly skilled and fully accredited, who go above-and-beyond every time, taking a great pride in their work and who share the inherent community values of the range of Inspired Steps property regeneration and refurbishment projects.

Security and surveillance were a vital consideration to ensure the safety and comfort of the residents. Discrete CCTV cameras, window locks and a state-of-the-art alarm and monitoring system were all professionally installed. Keypad door entry systems and new locks ensured easy but highly secure access.

The client’s budget was tightly adhered to and fully costed throughout. Full disclosure of costs and purchases along the way, helped build a great professional relationship, with clear lines of communication, which was highly valued by the client.

Colour schemes and surface finishes were an important consideration and the services of Interior Designer Mariah Courtney were used to full effect. A harmonious, modern grey paint palette was both contemporary and functional, with matching flooring throughout.

The project included:

  • Stripping back, re-plastering, general repair work
  • New en-suite bathrooms
  • New kitchen, with new units, furniture, white goods and range cooker
  • Stud walling constructed where required, for instance for the ensuite shower rooms
  • Garden re-landscaping, new fencing, slabbed patio and walkways
  • Pipework for utilities, gas, electrical re-wire, soil stacks and foul drainage
  • CCTV, monitoring and access system
  • Interior design, repainted and carpeted throughout

The project was well received and both the client and end users are very happy with the result. Inspired Steps would like to wish Arch Living and it’s residents a very happy, comfortable future!

“Inspired Steps really enjoyed working on this project and I’m very proud of what we achieved. Bringing together the needs of its residents, with the skills and talents of our team of tradesmen, has resulted a fantastic end result. It’s a real showcase of what our team can do, we really hit the brief, on time and on budget.”

Gary Clarke • Director, Inspired Steps