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Period Cottage in Surrey

We were asked to design the interior of this 1830’s cottage after a fire devastated the interior. Our brief was to bring the house up to date but at the same time be sympathetic to its heritage.

The cottage was gutted with not a single floor left intact. All you could see was the roof, so this really was an empty shell. The cottage lacked storage of any kind and during the installation of the floors and walls we could get a real sense of the space that we had to work with.

We set about designing, where possible, furniture that would to allow the clients to utilise uneven walls and create a partnership of modern and classic. We designed new bespoke units for the sitting room, including an under- stair cupboard. The banisters were removed and replaced with glass to allow as much light as possible into the property.

In the bedrooms we designed new walk-in wardrobes and study areas, which also served to conceal the piping and central heating.

The bathroom ceiling was angled, so to counterbalance this we angled both sides and mirrored the ceiling, creating a greater feeling of light and space. The addition of a waterproof TV brought a touch of luxury to the bathroom.

We were able to give the client a utility room, thus providing more storage to the long run of kitchen units. The original house had a dividing wall between the kitchen and dining areas, plus patio and ‘stable’ doors. Our redesign included the removal of this dividing wall and addition of a large bi-fold door to allow maximum light to flood in from the south-facing garden.

This was a design and build project, undertaken in twelve weeks.


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