Skaid Designs Transforms this Apartment into a Contemporary Chateauesque Retreat

Chateauesque Retreat by Skaid Designs

Transforming an old run-down apartment into a contemporary chateauesque retreat.


It is always gratifying to see old, dilapidated houses being transformed into something new and glorious. Restoring an old house is not a small task. It requires special care while dealing with old materials and the building can be full of surprises. One thing that designers at Skaid Designs have learnt is that renovation done right can turn a nightmare into a dream home.

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With a hush-hush client, Skaid Designs was tasked to transform an old rundown 1800 square feet apartment into a contemporary chateauesque retreat. A free rein was given by the client to create a space for him to escape to from his whirlwind lifestyle, letting the designers artistic explorations get to work with their imagination transcending several realms.


"Embracing vintage and amalgamating it with new age design beguiles Kish. The French Renaissance style made up of Gothic elements, this project has the highest quality workmanship with a full array of modern amenities. The elegant hallways wear a monochrome flooring and arches lead you from one area to the other. Good flow exists in rooms with a sense of centre of easy access from on to another. The idea of the project was to transform an old, rundown 1800 sqft apartment into a contemporary chateau retreat, which we successfully delivered."- Skaid Designs

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The project was initiated by keeping in mind the idea to facilitate interaction, inspiration and recreation - a whimsical crib with a soothing palette and profound spaciousness. The challenge with this project was to incorporate the style and layout of the existing building with the modern needs of the family. It took the designers two months to completely transform the place. They brought down all the internal walls, stripped the flooring, electrical, plumbing to redesign the space with an add on deck and landscape. The fine aesthetic continues as a backdrop for customized elements. This being a small space with the focus on the character and attitude of the client, the apartment draws on a fusion of influences from modernism and vintage.

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Adorned in timeless chequered pattern marble and inimitable custom wallpapers, complimented with Italian furniture the apartment oozes a somewhat burlesque luxury. As the doors open, one escapes into a fantasy world where old meets modern and class is paramount.


"The Black-and-white Revival was an architectural movement from the middle of the 19th century which re-used the vernacular elements of the past. We have incorporated the same in our project to resonate a sense of vintage as well as to serve as a backdrop against which the colours of other elements stand out. A dash or red or brown against a monochrome palette enhances the appeal and mood of the Chateau."- Skaid Designs

Transforming a derelict house into a modern dream home can be a rewarding experience, plus you never know what you might unearth along the way. Retaining the old charm, but a complete modern outlook, this space is an archaeological marvel. A stunning transformation and redesigning of this hallowed edifice gives it a time-earned character.

Architecture, both new and old, creates a lasting impact on our perceived memory of a place. While historic architecture has its own charm, it is no secret that modern architecture has the ability to be inspiring. We managed to comfortably mask the wrinkles a structure of this longevity inevitably exhibits.

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Design is about people that inhabit the space, and it’s civic and social interaction. Simple elegance is attainable by anyone, the key is to master a few elements of design. Good flow exists in rooms with a sense of centre of easy access from on to another.


"Our designs are an amalgamation of influences, from the Japanese Wabi-Sabi influences to Neo-Gothic designs, topped with Kish’s trademark eccentricity. Design is about people that inhabit the space, and it’s civic and social interaction. Simple elegance is attainable by anyone, the key is to master a few elements of design." - Skaid Designs


Project: Chateauesque Retreat

Design House: Skaid Designs

Principal Designer: Kish Dusharla


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