Brief: a set of three alcoves to be built in with storage, the alcoves spanning two rooms with a knock through. The client wanted a Victorian design with generous mouldings
The problem here was that coming from the kitchen end you get a very clear line of sight looking down the rooms, and three alcoves were different depths and two were very close together, and all the wall fronts weren’t in line! So it was another ‘head scratcher’ finding the best compromise of overlapping the frames to the walls whilst making sure they were all perfectly in line when viewed from the side.
Another job from last year.
This couple had just had a beautiful kitchen extension done by the brilliant Soundhouse guys, and the last piece of the puzzle was a somewhat basic under stairs replacement panelling that didn’t really match the hallway,
There was evidence that the original panelling was tongue. groove and bead, but the clients decided they’d prefer framed panels.
The main issue was working out how to divide the space up in terms of panels and where the internal cupboards already were sited, along with the fact there would have to be an angle change where the short set of steps dropped down to the kitchen.
After quite a few mock ups in hardboard and much head scratching, between us we came up with the solution, which I think works really well. Some of the hardest design problems, if you get it right, then look really simple and obvious!
And of course I included the now obligatory Booker Shoe drawer in the often under used bottom section of the stairs!
Before. The rather basic existing panelling
And of course a Booker Shoe Drawer…
Been a busy year so I’m going to catch up on a few from 2019!
This brief was for clothes storage in a long narrow side room with sloping ceiling. The client wanted a mirror image set of rails, shelves and drawers, with hers on the left and her partner’s on the right, starting from the centre.
Rather than building on the high ceiling side of the room I fitted all the units in the lower slope so that they had a much greater feeling of space when using the room. The units had a box frame front to conceal LED lighting at the top. I decided to build one drawer unit only but site it in the middle of the run with central dividers to each drawer so they could each use their own side of the drawer!
Finally, to use every bit of space I could, I fitted a flap door to the upper sloping section of the drawer unit for nicknacks, Jewelery etc. This was the one shared space so hopefully they didn’t fight over it!
Alcove wardrobes, but narrower than usual so as to not dominate and box in the chimney & fireplace
Drinks cabinet that ties in with the open end of a short set of steps, but also hides awkward brick footings that project out into the room.
I decided to make it with heavily rounded corners as it is a through traffic area and added an oak top was it will be used as a kind of ‘bannister rail’ when going up or down the steps.
Inside the unit is fitted with adjustable shelving. The lower section is stepped forwards to disguise the brick footings behind, and a false back allows access to hidden wiring sockets etc.
Something more interesting than simply having the space ‘doored off’.
I decided to revisit the ‘stacked box’ idea i’d used previously. More dynamic and less heavy feeling but still just as much storage. It was important to not have the upper box units too close to the slope of the ceiling as that would have made it feel too built in and static.
remove existing units and replace with taller deeper units that tuck round onto the brick front of the chimney.
“to look plain but original”. Super wide alcoves and walls made of bungaroosh so I made box units to avoid drilling battens into the difficult walls. This also gave a neater construction look to the units.
Storage and double wardrobe either side of a doorway to an en-suite bathroom. double doors into bathroom to look like normal wardrobe doors except opening inwards.
Upper doors over the doorway entrance are false doors
Client brief: Loft conversion storage for clothes. Must be minimal design