Category of Other

Update for 2014

11 January 2014

You would think by the look of the blog we’ve been quiet of late, but the opposite is true which is why we haven’t had time to update the blog!

We have a number of new commissions including two apartment refurbishments and extension in Central London and extensions in Chandlers Ford, Ascot and Winchester.  We’ve also started work on a number of new London basement projects with one of our contractor clients. We’re also revisiting two completed projects to add loft rooms for growing families.

Work nearing completion include a couple of kitchens, a stunning master suite overlooking the Arbor in Winchester and our whole refurbishment in Knightsbridge which is due for completion in the spring.

D7K_4663copy D7K_4650copy

Extension in Otterbourne

1 April 2013

We’re now two weeks into the construction of our project in Otterbourne.  The project is for a side extension to a semi-detached house.  Rather than match the existing materials, our client opted for contrasting timber cladding.  Our research took us as far as Bath and this project.

D7K_1013 copy2 KITcopy2

Kitchen design tips

5 December 2012

If you’re refurbishing a kitchen it can seem that there’s a bewildering choice available but it is possible to have a great kitchen on a budget.  Here I’ll give some tips of how to make the most of standard kitchen ranges from the likes of Ikea, Howdens and the other main suppliers.

  • Pick your door style.  You don’t need to pick the exact door range but it helps to first identify whether you’re going for a streamlined contemporary kitchen, a classic shaker or something very traditional as it will influence the style of the layout.
  • Design the layout to suit the door style.  A contemporary kitchen should be about clean lines and simple, linear arrangements.  A traditional kitchen can be more broken up, perhaps with groupings of units on 3 walls around a large central dining table.  Use end panels to finish off each group and make the whole composition appear as if each element was a bespoke design. With Bangkok’s Creative Interior Designers business you will be able to have the best professionals.
  • Use full width units where possible.  Not only will it keep the costs down as narrower units aren’t much cheaper than wider ones, but it will be much more ergonomic to use.  Push your designer to minimise doors and maximise storage while retaining a pleasing layout.
  • Use wall units sparingly.  Try and maximise storage with full height units if possible and provide just enough wall units for the things you don’t want to bend down for.  Keep plenty of wall space clear around cooker hoods and consider using open shelving to make a feature on the wall.  When you do use wall units we find that doors no wider than about 450mm will be easier to use and bumped into less often.
  • Accessorise with care.  Fitted kitchens now come with lots of options for inserts and pull out baskets.  Think about what you actually need and how those parts will wear.  Most of these ideas originated in top spec kitchens.  This doesn’t always transfer well down to cheaper ranges.
  • Build a laundry or utility room.  By moving the washing machine out of the kitchen means you’ll have more flexibility to create a great looking kitchen.  Plus, a utility room can be equipped cheaply using freestanding appliances.
  • Integrated units are great but weigh up the pros and cons of keeping a higher spec appliance on display.  This is especially true for large fridges which can be located in a niche or in an arrangement of larder units.  A housing for a fridge freezer can be the most expensive unit and means you can end up with less storage capacity.
  • Don’t skimp on integrated appliances.  We know it’s tempting to splash money on the appliances on display and get something cheaper for the hidden appliances but don’t.  Squeaking doors or poor reliability will soon start to frustrate and might need replacing sooner so spread your budget across all of your appliances.
  • Use contrasting surfaces.  If you want a stone top but your budget won’t stretch to it, use the stone on an island or central unit cluster with timber elsewhere.  Not only will you emphasise the focal point, but you’ll have a variety of surfaces to work on.  Having stone surfaces either side of a range cooker is particularly effective and avoids the wastage of the cutouts for integrated hobs.
  • Get the best design you can.  Most kitchen units, even the self assembly ones, are so well made that they can compare favourably to many of the more expensive brands.  However, you’re unlikely to find the best designers working in a warehouse retailer.  If you want a quality design, hire someone who’s trained and experienced in design.  A few hours with us will take a basic kitchen range and make it look like you spent much much more on it.  If you’re planning alterations to your home at the same time then we can integrate the kitchen much more satisfactorily into the new space.

Whatever you do remember that a new kitchen is one of the most important decisions you will make in your home.  Not only can it add value, but it can make your home a much more enjoyable place to be.