The project – Bespoke bedroom furniture. To turn what was a former pigsty into a family home. To give their daughter a princess themed bedroom. His and hers wardrobes in the master bedroom, along with draw storage. Integrated home office in the spare bedroom and a boot room to house the utility and mechanical services of the building.
The owners – Martin and Helen, both company directors.
Their home – A three-bedroom dry stone walled converted farm building, in the borders of Eccleshall, Staffordshire.
Room size – Various
Designer – David Giles at Cedar and Rose
Cabinetry – Bespoke princess bedroom wardrobes and cabinetry. Theme carried through the rest of the project with shaker doors being used throughout. price on application. Cedar and Rose.
Converting a former farm building is always challenging. It throws up unforeseen problems time and time again. Fortunately this wasn’t the first time Martin and Helen had undertaken a project of this size. Converting or renovating any property is challenging, but this, in a conversation area through up extra questions, Helen recalls. “One of those was how to best utilise the tight spaces we were left with upstairs, with the steep roof pitch and shallow headroom”. Helen and Martin were using an Interior designer who helped put them in touch with Cedar and Rose.
“Once David had come to site and discussed with us what we wanted and what was achievable, we wasted no time in commissioning him to carry out the works as we needed half the project completed before Christmas, which was our move date”.
DESIGN SOLUTION – David explains …
How did you approach this project?
We worked with the designers brief and Helen’s thoughts on the site visit to interpret these into a useable scheme, which blended into the room spaces. The one thing that was a must was the princess themed bed. Helens daughter hadn’t had a proper bedroom for a few years with the renovations, so her parents wanted to do something a little special for her.
Was it tricky working around the property’s quirky features?
With the bed-rooms it was all dictated by the roofs pitch and lack of headroom in points. It was important to maximise the storage whilst at the same time not enclosing the space. By building the cabinetry into the ceiling pitch allowed us to use the full height of each room, whilst utilising the depth eaten up by the strong pitch. One of Helen’s main concerns was wardrobe space for her and Martin. By mirroring the master wardrobe on the landing, allowed us to use unused space on the landing whilst retaining maximum flow around the master bedroom.
Did you recommend cabinet colour and materials?
It was a team effort. Helen had a strong idea of the colours she wanted to use, she loved the Farrow and Ball colours and a few testers quickly confirmed the choices. Helen looked to us for material choices which was a mixture of Birch plywood, hardwood and MRMDF for cost, durability and aesthetic purposes.
How does the princess bedroom reflect the rest of the property?
The timeless shaker cabinet doors help ground and conform to the rest of the cabinetry we did in the property. It’s simple yet effective use of the roof pitch allows the maximum use of the space. Designer wallpaper as a feature adds some interest, which can be easily updated at any time.
And the most successful part?
Picking one element is tough. The home office in the spare room was great, as it just looks like a wardrobe when not in use. The boot room conceals the cloak room, utility and mechanical room from the conservatory seating area. But for shear reaction I’d have to say the princess bedroom. Knowing that she got to see this on Christmas Eve, when they moved in, and she cried with joy – makes me glad I can do what I do for clients and their families.
Finally do you have any tips for others?
Yes. It is always daunting when taking on any project no matter how big or small. Having someone that understands what you are trying to achieve is paramount. But above all it should be fun and something you enjoy doing.