Balancing style and function for busy family life

The second part of an evolution. Big spaces to truly live in. Smart updates, clever zoning, and plenty of character.

Sector: Residential
Style: Contemporary Classic
Location: Cheshire, UK
Completed: 2023

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This house redesign was all about adapting to the changing needs of a family of six. With the bedrooms complete in Phase One it was time to breathe new life into the living spaces.

To do this our architectural designers had to remodel the entire back of the house. It was a real collaboration with the family. They had grown out of the much-used kitchen, dining, day-living, and utility/boot room and needed help to make it work again for them.

As an interior design practice we take time to understand your vision, your space, and your needs. We discovered that the overall layout of the kitchen already worked well for the family, but they wanted it to feel more modern and welcoming.

Previously the kitchen was dark, and we wanted to create a scheme that was both contemporary and neutral, but warm and characterful. We fitted a new porcelain floor reminiscent of traditional pillow-edge flagstones, introduced warm neutral and honey tones, and the painted panelling added a classic backdrop for weathered oak cabinetry.

It was the finishing touches that really elevated this project. Bronze elements in light fittings, hardware and accessories added a contemporary edge. Linens, woven fabrics, weathered timbers, rattan, and touches of blackened bronze metals created a relaxed, lived in aesthetic perfectly suited to our young family’s lifestyle.

Open Plan Living Space

In place of the separate utility and boot room we created one large cohesive space with a dividing wall.

Utility Room Storage
Utility Room Storage
A family of six plus a dog makes storage a top priority. So we designed individual cloak cupboards with a bench and drawer each to ease the school-run chaos.
Cloak cupboards with bench and drawer
Bespoke Utility Design

We carried the cabinetry through to the utility to add a sleek symmetry and installed a hidden warming/airing cupboard and stacked washer/drier with pull-out ledges.

Bespoke cabinetry for stacked washer/drier with pull-out ledges
Kitchen Dining Room

Our studio designed a new contemporary cabinet style and introduced more material finishes to inject warmth into the neutral palette.

Kitchen Island with Bespoke Cabinetry
Kitchen Joinery Details
Bespoke Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Display cabinets were installed to add interest and break up the bank of kitchen storage – in a warm weathered oak with black detailing to add contrast.

Classic Contemporary Kitchen
Kitchen sink with bronze Perrin & Rowe mixer tap
Kitchen Island Design Detail
Dining table and flag floor

The display cabinets and shelves allowed us to introduce a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces. Giving the kitchen a unique and bespoke feel.

Dining Room Storage
Display cabinet with vintage pieces sourced by our team

We regularly source at antique and salvage fairs. Preloved items with their natural patina and one of kind nature add a characterful layer to our interiors. It’s something you just can’t achieve with buying new – it’s also really nice to involve our clients in this process as they enjoy the trips!

Helen, Founder & Interior Designer

contemporary lounge interior
Contemporary Lounge Interior

The final element was a cosy day-living space. A zone designed to offer space to chill out but stay connected. The large sofa with oversized swivel chairs is the perfect spot for the kids (and dog) to kick back and relax while the parents cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Oversized Swivel Chair
Interior styling with antiques sourced by Lewis Knox
Shelving with Feature Lighting

The video below captures our team and trades meticulously carrying out this home redesign.

If you want to know how our experienced interior designers can help with your home design, we’d love to hear from you. Call us at the studio on 01829 271 585 or fill in our Project Enquiry Questionnaire.

Loved every minute. The whole Lewis Knox team are incredible at what they do, and I couldn’t have done it without them. Can’t wait to start the next project with them very soon.

Gemma, Home Owner

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