The house built in the late 1930’s, was in reasonable condition and consisted of 5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 2 living rooms one which had been part of an extension to the rear of the property carried out about 20 years ago; kitchen/dining space also part of the same extension. The décor and layout were poor, lacking a cohesive feel and the house hadn’t been decorated for the last 20 years.
A major part of the brief was to work with the clients to bring the ground floor up to standard creating a cohesive feel and to do this for a very tight budget. A great deal of the design work and project costing (9 months for this stage), prior to work on site, was taken up with achieving the budget of less than £60,000. This was achieved by being extremely creative with the designs by using pre-existing furniture where appropriate and updating and if it was in a condition to be reused. Items from discount retailers as well as trade suppliers.
The lighting was coordinated throughout using matching wall and light fixtures. Energy saving bulbs were specified throughout. In addition sockets were added to remove the unsightly and dangerous extension leads, which littered the house. The flooring was in good condition except for one living room and the kitchen/dining space. This was addressed throughout with, a high quality plank like “amtico” floor in the kitchen/dining space and British wool carpets in the living room. The colour and decoration were coordinated throughout.
One of the major requirements was high quality built in furniture in both living rooms. This was designed and specified and built, including high-quality LED recessed lighting to add to the decorative nature of the rooms and to add additional layers of light. In the front living room this also incorporated building in and mounting the TV and hiding all the AV equipment in the cupboard below.
The success of the project can be summed up by the client feedback “We are very pleased with the house, and now have the space to display all our family treasures. I now get a deep sense of satisfaction and feel calmer when I walk through the front door and have a place to relax and some comfort.”