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Mapei Ultratop Loft complements Victorian house in Balham

Warwick-based surface design specialist – BaSE (www.baselifestyle.co.uk) – has completed a stunning ‘trowel effect’ floor installation using Mapei’s Ultratop Loft. The installation forms part of a kitchen renovation project within the basement of a period property in Balham, South London.

Home of interior designer Charlie Nunn and husband, Richard, the large Victorian property has an eclectic style owing to the owner’s creative nature, with colours and artwork adorning the walls. As well as providing a city base for Charlie and her family, the home is used as a location for TV shows and photoshoots and has recently featured in Amazon Prime adverts. BaSE’s use of Ultratop Loft

 spans the 50m2 extended kitchen, providing a striking contrast to the red gloss kitchen cabinets and satin wall finish.

During the installation, Ultratop Loft was trowel applied under the existing units and around the cabinet legs; it was applied with a Nuvolato (cloudy) texture in a warm grey called Venezia. The micro-cement based finish replaced a seamless resin floor which had faded in sunlight. A rapid-drying, micro-cement based system, Mapei Ultratop Loft is built up in layers made up of special primers, cementitious layers and hard wearing sealers. The two cementitious layers – coarse grained Loft F and finer grained Loft W – are mixed with water and colourings to create a trowelable cementitious paste which is then applied in layers up to 2mm thick.

Ultratop Loft is part of Mapei’s fast-track range and, in the correct conditions, the surface sets to foot traffic within three hours. The installation was completed with Mapei’s Mapefloor finishing products; Mapefloor finishes provide additional resistance to wear, abrasion and chemicals, creating an easy care, anti-static surface with highly pleasing aesthetics.

Charlie said, “When the kitchen was first installed around 10 years ago, cementitious floors were pretty hard to come by for the domestic market. This has enabled my vision for this space to really come together after all this time and I’m thrilled! The BaSE guys were great too. They understood the assignment and worked diligently to complete the works in a timely fashion, whilst always keeping their eyes on quality to ensure the floor was left looking beautiful!”

For more information about the project and Mapei specification, please contact: info@mapei.co.uk

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