The main focus of this design project was the clever use of space to allow the homeowner to both have a cozy home as well as a perfect space to entertain. Creating character in a modern recently built apartment was also paramount.
In the kitchen we utilised each cubic centimetre, doubling the original amount of storage. The clever worktop area also serves as a space to catch up over coffee and entertain guests whilst preparing food.
We swapped the bathrooms around. The ensuite is now a beautiful bathroom with a bath and shower and the guest space now has a contemporary shower. Each are based around the same colour scheme and have within them beautiful glitter tiles to maximise on light with a touch of glamour.
Family Home Renovation
This project has a beautiful background to it. Following a home downsizing, the family in question were eager to keep beloved favourites from their old home and have a new house that has updated hints from their history.
The budget was relatively small so we worked to make the most of space with a clever under stair WC and cupboards for utilities and coats.
The furniture was all reupholstered for the new home - specifically the beautiful Raspberry Wool chair in the living area, once a dark leather chair bought by the family in the early 90s. The chair now looks and feels better than ever!
The only new pieces for the downstairs were the grey sofa (also a bed) and the bespoke pendant light in the kitchen to compliment the teal splash-back and simple (but incredibly functional) kitchen design.
The newly purchased Art Nouveau fireplace in the bedroom was acquired and fitted as a nod to the building's past and future as a wonderful home to be loved by it's new owners.
This Victorian house was completely refurbished and transformed, creating a substantial, luxurious home with a garden annexe. The ground floor has a drawing room, full library, and games room in addition to a spacious extension with an impressive kitchen, unique bespoke dining table and comfortable family room area. There is also a full utility room and shower room, as well as understairs storage.
Upstairs are five bedrooms and three further bathrooms and more storage space, all done to a high standard to meet every need.
A short walk across the stunning new garden takes you to a studio apartment with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom, and concealed garden storage.
Modern Art Showcase
This through living room was completely transformed to house the family's eclectic art collection, and to provide a welcoming space both for them to use as a family and for entertaining.
The previously awkward double space was successfully united into a coherent whole, with flexible seating to accommodate both small and large groups, with views of the art collection from every angle
This home was featured in Good Homes magazine -- a lovely example of making every square inch work for the family living there. The house was carefully extended into the garden, transforming a space that had a pokey kitchen and awkward dining room into through flowing space that gave consideration to the needs of all family members.
The front room can be closed off with glass pocket doors, which allow light through but don't take up valuable floor space, and the centrally located kitchen allows both the front and the rear spaces to be fully accessible.
The family room at the rear opens up onto the deck which is also covered by an awning. That in turn gives way to a bijou garden.
This light, spacious, inviting kitchen and family room was created from two formerly dark rooms, plus a side extension. Putting all those areas together also allowed the entrance hallway to be enlarged, and a cloakroom to be installed, completely transforming daily life for this family. This is now a large, welcoming space which leads directly onto the paved garden, allowing all the space to be used fully. The kitchen is also fully of clever storage, ensuring that everything has a place and is within easy reach. The worksurface was also more than doubled by having the peninsula dividing the cooking and eating areas. The pendants and wall lights are both decorative and functional, and what once was a dark and unweildy space becomes bright and airy. Using several colours on the units adds depth and defines the room without the need for walls.
Wimbledon Family Home
This substantial house presented unique challenges and opportunities; creating two living areas in the large living room, completely re-designing the kitchen and ensuring that the rooms had an identity, without looking contrived. The result is a comfortable family home which is thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Extended Home, Wimbledon
The large conservatory extension on this family home is unique, and gives the house wonderful additional space, both to be "outdoors" when the weather isn't ideal, and for entertaining. The result also balances the living area with the spacious bedrooms, and the colours ensure that the house is warm and welcoming.
1920's Wimbledon House
This 1920's terrace was given buckets of extra space by extending the back only two metres -- a previously cramped kitchen and hardly used dining room were merged to create a wonderfully versatile and desirable space, which is now the heart of the home.
Wimbledon Town House
This house was completely renovated, creating a living room with glass doors that can be closed if needed, and a dining/working space that utilises all the space to it's best advantage.
This family home has to work hard -- two adults and two teenagers all use the space for both working and relaxing. Even the radiator boasts a custom-designed cover with a cabinet above, cleverly utilising what might have otherwise been dead space. We completely renovated the rooms, creating a living room with glass doors that can be closed if needed, and a dining/working space that utilises all the space to it's best advantage. In the living room, the wool and silk rug subtly picks up the colours in the original fireplace surround and hearth, unifying the room.
My clients are also keen cooks, and the kitchen was designed with long worksurfaces for ease of food preparation, and the u-shape means that everything is easily reached. The glass splashback echoes the colour of the feature radiator in the dining room, and the same flooring is run throughout for continuity. The vibrant curtains draw the eye to the garden, and the pendant lights over the table rise and fall for added flexibility.
Three Family Bathrooms in Surbiton
These 3 different family bathrooms have all been brought up to date with their own twists relative to the space at hand and how they fit with the rest of the house...
A formerly nondescript and slightly unwieldy shower room became a sparkling and spacious wet room thanks to a bespoke glass panel, large glass tiles and simple fittings. Everything is within easy reach, and with no shower tray, easy to keep clean. An extra bonus is the niche in the wall to keep necessities close at hand!
A bijou family bathroom given a glamourous makover with a double-ended cast iron rolltop bath and bespoke tiled shelves. When space is at a premium finding enough storage can be difficult; a drawer vanity unit and bespoke shelving addressed this very successfully in this bathroom. The painting is specially designed to work in a bathroom, and the addition of a blind in coordinating colours pulls it all together.
This loft bathroom was slipped into a sloping roof space for two girls; the simple neutral scheme is accented by unique mosaic tiles, which are also used in the bespoke storage unit that runs the length of the low wall, providing much needed storage in an otherwise difficult space. A round basin makes the most of the space available.