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The White House Of Dr. Rajinder & Mrs. Balbir Saluja

This delightful house, named "The White House" is situated in a secluded, prestigious leafy road in Ickenham, one of the most desirable residential areas of West London. The house is very close to Uxbridge town centre and has easy access to the A40, M40 and M25.

Dr. Rajinder and Mrs. Balbir Saluja saw a grea deal of potential in the house and took a brave decision to modernise and refurbish the house frm top to bottom. The boldness of their decision is due to the fact that all structural alterations, other heavy building works including plastering, plumbing, laying marble floors etc. were carried out whilst the family lived in the house. These works were followed by painting and decorating, fitting out the new kitchens and bathrooms and furnishing the entire house.

The two sons Ranjeev and Angad helped Mum and Dad in planning the works and choosing all the materials, a no professional agents were employed. Their hard work and the efforts of the builder, tradesman and craftsmen resulted in this gracious, spacious, stylish and very comfortable house.

The property has a wide frontage with a landscaped drive in on one side and out the other, including electronically controlled large decorated iron gates. The ground floor accommodation comprises a columned porch guarded by two lion statues, especially imported from Bangkok, which leads to a spacious hall. On one side of the hall is a large, impressive drawing room which is created out of previously smaller rooms and on the other side is a formal dining room, kitchen cum breakfast room including maid's quarters..

The interesting feature of the ground floor is a long room at the rear, linking the breakfast area to the drawing room. It could be best described as a grand enclosed verandah. This room has five wide patio doors which makes this room light, bright and cheerful. One end of the room is equipped with Audi-visual gadgets, the centre with easy chairs to enjoy the back garden and the other end is fitted with a bar, situated next to the dining room, stocked with all kinds of drinks.
 
Practically all the flooring of the ground floor is in Italian marble with attractive carpets and rugs placed at strategic places. General decor and furnishings include curtains, drapes and coverings of sofas and chairs are very well co-ordinated. Adorning various niches, window sills and glass cupboards are beautiful artefacts collected over a long period from many corners of the world.
There are two rooms in the attic. One room is dedicated for use as a Gurdwara or temple. The rest of the attic is the bedroom of the eldest son, Ranjeev, with an ensuite bathroom. He has designed and furnished his bedroom in a minimalist style and followed the principle that less is more. The end wall is lined with floor to ceiling mirrors, therefore visually doubling the size of the room.
The first floor has the master bedroom with separate his and her ensuites, second son Angad's bedroom and three rooms for guests. Although all the rooms on the ground and upper floors are large and spacious there is a feel of warmth and cosiness in their internal environments due to the way they have been decorated and furnished.

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