Friday, August 15, 2008
Elton Redecorating His Kensington Home
Builder brothers Jason and Tyrone Prades have hit the big time with their latest job -at superstar Sir Elton John's plush pad in Kensington.
The brothers landed the job after being picked by a top stonemason.
Justin Prades, 37, of Hatherell Road, Chippenham, whose favourite Sir Elton song is Rocket Man, said: "We have told our close friends and family about it but word seems to have spread pretty quickly. We have had people calling us up for jobs and making Elton John jokes.
"Both our families think it's a pretty awesome job to get but it is old news now.
"When we went up to have a look we saw Elton John's partner David Furnish and said hello but hopefully we will catch a glimpse of the man himself when we are up there."
The brothers, who work together on big jobs but have separate building companies, started work on August 4 but have yet to get a glimpse of the star as he is holidaying in France.
Father-of-three Justin said: "He has an absolutely fantastic place.
"It is massive. There are spotlights everywhere. The walls were covered with his artwork.
"We are not expecting Elton John to make us a cup of tea or anything but if I do see him I will have my star glasses ready and might blast out a bit of Rocket Man.
"This is the first celebrity job we have done and they don't really come much bigger than this."
The two builders are laying a new limestone floor on the ground floor.
Justin said: "It has been a tough job for us as the rooms are not completely square but we have done a pretty good job."
Sir Elton, who is known for his extravagant tastes and once spent a whopping £293,000 on flowers, chose the plain limestone tiles for his home.
The multi millionaire has homes in Atlanta, Venice, and Nice as well as near Windsor, Berkshire.
In 2003 the extravagant superstar sold the contents of his Holland Park home in a bid to create more room for his collection of contemporary art.
Sotheby's catalogue listed more than 400 items.
Rare items included an Edward Bower painting estimated at £30,000 and a portrait of Elizabeth Honeywood from the circle of William Larkin, which was estimated at £40,000.