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Design Brief

This Bristol Arts and Crafts-styled house was built by Stride Builders in the 1920s and has had only one previous owner. Besides basic maintenance and questionable décor, few improvements had been made during this time. Goodchild Interiors was appointed to completely reconfigure and sympathetically update the building to become the family's primary residence.

Goodchild interiors exterior sketch

Our brief was to create:

  • A heart of the home, consisting of kitchen, dining space, and an informal living room/playroom
  • A double garage
  • An additional bedroom and office
  • Landscaping and summer room
  • Lots more storage
  • Upgrade the interiors to be in-keeping with the architecture
  • Ensure a quality of finishes, fixtures and fittings
  • Seamlessly incorporate technology and services within the fabric of the building
  • Goodchild interiors arts and crafts design bedroom

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts design livingroom

Besides updating the décor and amenities, the main issues to be adressed were the size, orientation and flow between the spaces.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts plan

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts plan 1

Plan drawings showing the refurbished layout.

Concept

goodchild interiors arts and crafts living room bespoke furniture

A family home has to have a social hub where everyone can interact together, relax, cook, watch TV and play games, entertain and do homework. By reconfiguring the internal walls, an open-plan kitchen/dining room was created providing visual access to the informal living room through glass doors and a large circular window.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts bespoke furniture

We developed a set of Arts and Crafts profiles and motifs that could be applied to the architecture, furniture and joinery to provide a continuity of style.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts profiles

The garage was extended outwards which enabled us to create a covered side-entrance to the house and a boot room to act as an antechamber for storing and drying coats, boots and sporting equipment.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts utility design

An additional bedroom was created by relocating the bathroom into the centre of the building. By narrowing a central corridor, all the bedrooms were increased in size.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts bedroom 1

Focal points and flow through the space informed the furniture layouts which in turn determined lighting and display opportunities. The finishes were an eclectic mix of period details and client preferences.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts corridor

Details

This project demanded a high level of detailed design to provide the quality of finishes required. Bespoke furniture concealed the TV, and media/games equipment, and provided display and focal points to the rooms.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts bespoke design cabinets TV

Goodchild interiors furniture design media unit

Three miles of cable was installed, along with computerised control systems to future-proof the technology. Automated lighting, curtains and heating, as well as CCTV, can be controlled via iPad from any room or anywhere in the world.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts bathroom design

The family bathroom was constructed in the centre of the house. To flood the space with natural light we removed the ceiling and fitted windows into the roof. The split-level floor takes advantage of the ceiling height and creates architectural interest. The family bathroom is ostensibly used by the kids, but because it houses the jacuzzi, everyone dives in to relax and look through the windows up into the sky.

We designed a bespoke settee and chairs, as well as cabinets, to fit the spaces and be sympathetic to the client's existing furniture.

Goodchild interiors secret bookcase design kids rooms

Each of the children's bedrooms had their own design feature; a secret door within a bookcase, a mezzanine bed level, a road map design on the floor and wall.

Goodchild interiors kids rooms design

Goodchild interiors kids rooms design furniture

Goodchild interiors TV cabinet media arts and crafts

Finishes

Creating a mood through colour, contrast and texture can alter a space, making it feel relaxing, energised, peaceful, functional or fun. Finishes were suggested and refined as the project progressed which helped the outcome meet expectations.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts bathroom design bespoke

One hundred carbon fibre lights illuminate through hand-cut glass tiles from Mosaics in Belgravia, London, creating a romantic glow at night. Dorn Bracht rain and hand shower cascade onto the massive hand-cut limestone shower tray behind the shower doors that follow the curve of the vaulted ceiling.

Goodchild intyeriors arts and crafts finishes design

Goodchild intreiors finishes arts and crafts design

Working closely with the client's own preferences we proposed schemes reflecting the mix of Art Deco and Arts and Crafts styles of this 1920s building.

This ongoing process included several exhausting shopping visits to London showrooms and suppliers, so that the client could see full scale examples, and try out the furniture. We proposed schemes to meet the practical and aesthetic needs of the design brief communicated with mood and finishes boards.

Goodchild interiors hall arts and crafts design

Building

Our philosophy for the exterior of the building was to rectify the openings to create symmetry and to make the new-build elements appear to have always been there.

Goodchild Interiors arts and crafts

The house has been subtly lit using reflected lights as well as low floodlights, so the building appears to gently float in space, naturally illuminated by the stars as opposed to an artificial glare. Back lighting and low-level reflectors create silhouettes and a relaxing natural glow to the foliage in the rear garden.

The success of this project was due to the united vision of everyone involved. Thanks to the cooperation and pragmatism of the whole team - client, builders and suppliers - we were able to deliver the concept design, a high-level of detail and quality of finish.

Goodchild interiors computor graphics garden design

A computer generated visual was produced to show the minimal environmental impact of the garden room with a sedum roof and curved timber façade following the existing pathway and boarders. It is sound proofed for practicing music as well as being a hobby room and garden store.

Goodchild interiors arts and crafts design