Norfolk by design

PUBLISHED: 05:21 01 December 2014

A light and bright room brings a sunny touch, whatever the season

A light and bright room brings a sunny touch, whatever the season


Multifunctional rooms are on many of my clients' wish list and this something that we were keen to achieve with our own home.

It is hard to believe that we are now entering December; the year seems to have flown by. With my pre-Christmas client projects all under control it is time to take a few minutes to make sure that all of the finishing touches are in place in my own home as it nears completion after an 18-month extensive renovation project. All should be complete just in time to entertain family and friends during the fast approaching festive season.

Multifunctional rooms are on many of my clients’ wish list and this something that we were keen to achieve with our own home. While the ground floor had to flow for entertaining, we didn’t want the space to be too big when there is just the two of us (and the dog!) The solution was to reconfigure the long sitting room that was formed when a modern extension was built into two rooms – one is now used as a formal lounge with an open wood fire and the other as a modern TV room. Linking the TV room to the house has been achieved by building a garden room joining it to the main entrance hall. In order to utilize this space to its full potential, tall wrap-around windows have been used with glass doors but to avoid the problems associated with a glass roof (too hot in summer, too cold in winter) a traditional tiled roof was built.

Predominantly glass-faced extensions are becoming more and more part of the house rather than a sheltered viewing platform to the garden. It may appear to be a strange time of the year to talk about garden rooms, but we find that due to its all-weather construction we have another great space. We tend to use our garden room on a daily basis to eat breakfast, because we can enjoy the view of the garden and lake and see the wildlife that visit our garden. In the summer this room is perfect for afternoon tea because it is south-facing. and it extends our entertaining capacity during the winter party season.

The style of furniture has been selected to allow flexibility with lightweight Louis ghost chairs by Philippe Starck that can be easily moved from room to room should extra seating be required and due to their transparency will fit in with the different colour schemes while keeping the room looking spacious. They are also durable for outdoor use during the summer.

The hard surfaces in the room are balanced with a textured wall-covering that has been applied to all of the walls; the vibrant yellow echoes the colour of the planting outside and gives a sunny feel whatever the weather.

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