The Project The apartment is located on the 4th floor of a residential house, which was built in 1905, in the historical area of Kyiv. The space itself is luminous: all the windows overlook a quiet green park, and the light freely streams through them. Because of the state of the building, a massive renovation of the flat was required. The process of dismantling revealed rotten slabs and large cracks in the walls and that flooring replacement is needed.
Renovation The state of the structure of the building made us renovate the apartment, and enhance the slabs and the walls. The old wooden inner walls were damaged by humidity and wood pests, so we had to remove them completely. The original parquet was also disassembled, and the floor was upgraded with a welded structure poured with concrete. Furthermore, we enhanced the balcony, and the walls were strengthened with special ties to pull together the frame.
The Walls The walls were painted on top of plaster, with the deep texture being left as it is. The angle between walls and ceiling was smoothed out — this was a popular solution for the old flats in Kyiv.
The Floor We had to disassemble the original parquet, but a wooden floor still was an essential part of this interior. We found an authentic alternative, namely an oak parquet, which is about 100 years old. We did the restoration part at our facility and assembled the herringbone pattern in the apartment. The toning part was done in the flat right away. Our goal was to achieve a particular shade, and to highlight the naturalness and antiqueness of the parquet, leaving its marks of time — the imperfections — unaltered.