This client came to Blaines because they had received good feedback from neighbours about the high-quality design and workmanship Blaines produced. The client moved to this property at the start of the “Covid Lockdowns” after only briefly being able to visit, not knowing if they were to stay or to move on. Ultimately the client decided to stay in the property and renovate and decorate it to his own style.
He had some great ideas about this project but also discussed future projects (Project Two & Three)
Project one turned out to be a vast project.
Sooner or later we discussed something that needed to happen in each of the ground floor rooms. Parts such as the kitchen installation, turning the downstairs WC into a utility room, re-floor the downstairs, hanging two new oak doors and removing an understairs cupboard finally finished off with decoration were all discussed. Part of this also included a bespoke, custom, door arrangement which involve installing a stud wall that would act as a second doorway to the utility room.
This was a first for Blaines. Inspired by a recent hotel visit the client wanted to use the door of the new utility room to be a door for a lobby area. Before we started the installation of the doors our expect craftsmen and project manager were on-site discussing the practicalities of how to install such a system.
As always, it wasn’t as simple as popping up a stud wall and putting a door liner in. Considerations on how the door liner needed to be positioned so that the door would close against the pre-existing liner and the new liner.
This solution enabled the client to increase their privacy. So that when the door was closed to make the lobby, the client’s privacy was increased by blocking the view from the front door through the hall to the lounge.
Image: Same door but with two door frames. Left: Door in the lobby position and closing off access to the front door. Right: Door in the utility room position closing off access to the utility room.>
The client had said early on in the site visit that they loved to cook. He batch cooks for his local family. Therefore the kitchen needed to be ergonomically correct for him. He had seen the display in-store of the Princeton Ingio and Pearl Grey with the Marble Sirroco worktop and fell in love with it. Although the client’s kitchen was smaller and narrower than the display we were able to reproduce a stunning design.
The design was simple yet effective, large pan draws, large cupboards and pull-outs utilise all the space in the kitchen. The hob is central with ample worktop space on either side. Underneath the hob, the pan draws allow for quick access to cooking utensils, pots and pans. On either side of the pan draw unit are 150mm pullouts perfect for putting the client’s array of spices and herbs. The appliances were all replaced (except the client’s fridge freezer) with Neff Appliances.
To gain more cupboard space and storage the client wanted to utilise the downstairs wc to better use. The WC was removed and in its place, the washing machine was installed. The wash hand basin was removed and all the plumbing safely terminated into the wall, and a customer storage wrack was built. This now enabled the client to keep the washing machine out of the kitchen as well as a lot of cleaning products and boxes.
To develop the feeling of space, one living space and continuity across the lower level the client choose to have all the flooring replaced. Blaines are an avid fan of the Malmo Click floating floor, this passion was demonstrated to the client when they saw the quality of the flooring in our showroom. We installed the new floating floor Malmo Brada Storm and completed the installation with fresh new skirting boards through out the lower floor.