About Us

 

Our mission was to establish a business that would provide a complete turnkey solution to all matters relating to property. Our vision was to be able to put together a total service operation allowing our clients the opportunity to decide which elements they wish to engage us for. Our goal is to constantly re-examine our business and to improve our offering for the benefit of our clients.

We first became involved in property restoration and refurbishment in the late autumn of 1979. This first project was the complete renovation, restoration and conversion into three apartments of a semi-detached Victorian house in Mill Hill, London,  NW7. This first property, although not listed, was in a conservation area and had, during its history, been savagely and unsympathetically altered away from its Victorian heritage. Furthermore the property was in a state of complete neglect, having been abandoned in the late 1960s and suffering from the effects of vandalism, fire and occupation by squatters.

The restoration work involved sourcing and re-fitting many original High level specialisms with a value for money and budget critical mission has meant that our client’s recommendations have been our greatest
marketing asset
Victorian architectural features including significant plaster mouldings and hand cut mahogany carpentry. This heralded a lifelong passion for sympathetic restoration and authentic craftsman-led refurbishment work. This tradition has been continued throughout our firm’s history and has resulted in our being well placed to provide an honest and genuine commitment to achieving the highest possible standards in our work, whether this be in a restoration, retro-refurbishment project or a new build aimed at a specific period or style.

Over the years we have put together a first class team of craftsman and construction industry professionals capable of dealing with a myriad of challenges, between them finding bespoke and purpose led solutions.

Construction and property related issues need individual and tailored design, engineering, and deadline specific commitments. This is our strength. There are many complex legal, regulatory and local authority consent/permission obstacles surrounding property undertakings, and we employ some of the sharpest and most experienced minds in the construction sector to navigate these channels for you.

Our ability to combine these high level specialisms with value for money and a budget-critical mission has meant that our clients’ recommendations have been our greatest marketing asset. This has stood us in good stead as we have enjoyed year-on-year growth throughout the recent economic downturn.

The firm continues to be engaged in a broad spectrum of property related activities and has vast experience of dealing with the most complex new builds, conversions, refurbishments, enlargements and alterations to existing properties. We have managed to remain sufficiently flexible and mobile to deal with time frame-crucial and budget-sensitive engagements, often competing at both ends of the size/scale spectrum. From a simple residential extension, loft conversion or basement creation, through to complete ground-up construction, Vanilla – Properties of Distinction should be your first port of call for property related endeavours.