Interior Design Project - 16th Century Cottage Modernisation

The Brief: To de-clutter and modernise the master bedroom and create a new en-suite. Strip out and replace the family bathroom. This project included design challenges such as small rooms, sloping ceilings, awkward spaces and lots of beams.

Work Completed: There was previously very little storage in the master bedroom so our first priority was to design and build as much clothes storage as possible without losing the charming nature of this space. We made use of the eaves to build cupboards and drawers, creating an attractive focal point with a low dressing table beneath a dormer window with very pretty views of the garden, and visually enlarging a corridor into the room by using mirrored doors. It was important to employ clever design solutions to put the unusual shape of the room to its best use. We created a tiny but practical and elegant en-suite, gaining valuable space by hiding the cistern in a wall cavity and installing sliding pocket doors. In both the ensuite and the family bathroom the use of pale stone and large mirrors introduces a welcome feeling of light and space. We also installed wide blade shutters which create a beautiful lighting effect on a sunny day.

The painted seascapes and other paintings bring a burst of colour into this otherwise all-white scheme.