The existing lounge was a very uncomfortable place to sit and it really didn’t work as a place to rest. The position of the doorways, three in total!, meant that this space felt transitional, as if you were sitting in a corridor. I wanted to come up with a solution that not only fixed this problem but did it with wit and a sense of fun. Who doesn’t love a secret door?! especially as the room behind the door was a play room, it was too good an opportunity to miss .. and so into Narnia we went!
I designed the door to mirror the alcove shelving on the other side of the fireplace. Now, when the door is closed you feel that you are sitting in a comfortable and complete room and are unaware of the access that runs diagonally through the middle of the space.
When the door opens anyone not in the know, is delighted to see a secret playroom behind the shelving.
The children absolutely love this feature as they feel that they have a secret den and we love it as we get to sit in comfort by the fire without feeling like we are in a transitional space.
The perfect crease of the ceiling line above your head in this area was created through the layering of space blanket installed to obtain optimum thermal U-values and also the layering of plasterboard to make sure that the window sat exactly in the centre of the space and the crease of the ceiling followed the centreline of the window exactly as well. The effect is that of a simply designed space that in fact has many layers of design and consideration behind it to make it come to life.
Want a home bursting with colour but too scared to start?
Here are six schemes to reassure even the most timid of first time colourists!
I don’t know about you but I LOVE colour, I need it around me to feel alive! Colour is almost as important to me as natural light. It energises, inspires and comforts. I seek it out in every aspect of my life, if it’s in my home, clothing or food! Something that I’ve noticed over time, whilst completing many domestic building projects, is that even the most willingly architecturally design led Clients still loose their confidence when it comes to the use of colour in their newly refurbished homes.
I have one tip to conquer that fear that never lets me down!
Simply look to nature for colour combinations that work! No matter if you want subtle combinations of sympathetic colours in the same range or a bold scheme of layered deep colours sitting next to each other.
There are so many beautiful colour combinations in nature to suit anyone’s brief. Here are just a few of my favourites.
From mustard and rich, ink blue to pale green and pink, ruby tones against stark white walls. The only thing limiting your creativity is your nerve and the quality of your image search engine!!
How do you use colour in your home? What are your favourite, unusual colour pairings? How does colour make you feel?
This little area has such a huge impact on Mount Pleasant as a whole. Not only does it provide a huge amount of natural light deep into the house plan but it gives a visual and auditory connection between both the ground and first floors ; an essential feature when designing a child-centric house! As parents of four young children we wanted the security of a visual link between the two floors without the risk of shared noise, kitchen smells and drafts. The existing landing was incredibly narrow and created a dangerous pinch point at the top of the stairs. The two storey rear extension gave the opportunity to widen this area and create a wow factor all at the same time. By taking a little floor area at first floor level we created a floating floor above the kitchen below. Keeping the floor area of the landing extension small allowed the double height void of the kitchen to sail past the library window making it look even more like a floating box hanging in space.
It would’ve been easy to create a simple open balcony here but the decision to replicate the picture window on the external line of extension created a very special situation where the eye is drawn through a tunnel like structure straight out into the landscape. This makes it feel that you have a view directly outside from deep inside the house.
The fitted library shelves were designed into this area from the word go. The light levels were going to be outstanding in this area due to the orientation of the house on the site in relation to the Sun. It was an opportunity not to be missed to make this area something very special and to design in two brick piers at the opening to the library that matched the thickness of the window surround exactly. The bookshelves were then made to fit these two recesses immaculately giving a seamless look to the area.
The perfect crease of the ceiling line above your head in this area was created through the layering of space blanket installed to obtain optimum thermal U-values and also the layering of plasterboard to make sure that the window sat exactly in the centre of the space and the crease of the ceiling followed the centreline of the window exactly as well. The effect is that of a simply designed space that in-fact has many layers of design and consideration behind it to make it come to life.