December 2003 - January 2004
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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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