Refurbishment of Lounge / Diner Barton on Sea Hampshire
An original 1930's house with two very dark and dated reception rooms. In the lounge overlooking the garden the space was divided by an archway, the rear part of it having very little natural light, not helped by pine cladding and a dutch style tiled fireplace which had been blocked off.
We decided the best way to tackle it was to open up the two ends of the rear room overlooking the garden, a new structural steel enabled this to happen. A high level window was added to the rear part of the room to achieve much needed light. Our brief was to incorporate some cherished pieces of furniture and to create as much storage / display place as possible. Neither of the rooms were large and a lot was demanded of them. A eureka moment was to use corner radiators which allowed more flexibility for room layout.
Most of the time only two adults live in the home but occasionally seating for 7 is required when family visit. We overcame this by making a storage ottoman in the same fabric as the new sofa which, when required glides to sit in front of the new bespoke built in furniture. The scheme was kept light and airy but with an accent of gold wallpaper at the dining end to 'advance' the wall and make the space cosier. The second room at the front of the property is going to be set up as a 'snug' where we have designed and built a wall to wall unit for display, storage and to house media.
Location: Barton on Sea, Hampshire, UK