Relationship: Client Project
Date: April 2014
"Lisa is a cutting edge kitchen, bespoke cabinet and all around great consultant on anything house/design related. A more diligent and creative designer you won't find. We love our home and loved working with Lisa. She has great contacts to trust and impeccable service with the highest standards for quality and craftsmanship both during the job and after completion. I highly recommend Lisa for jobs as small as bathrooms to whole house refurbs."
It is an old American expression, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” says Sarah Coates, who lives in this extended family home with husband Tom and their children, Edgar, Calvin, Susannah and Rosalind. “The flood we had over Christmas 2013 was unfortunate, but we turned it into an opportunity to implement some plans we had for our house sooner rather than later,” explains Sarah.
Three years earlier, just before her twins were born, Sarah enlisted the help of designer Lisa Melvin to transform their two bathrooms.
“I knew exactly who to go to for the kitchen, utility and boot room/wet room fitting out.” Sarah took a hands-on approach by pulling ideas together from magazines and arranging meetings with her builder and Lisa to develop a timeline for the project. “Ideally I wanted the major building work to begin during the children’s holidays so we could be out of the way.”
The bootroom and wet room planning and construction commenced immediately. The brief being to repurpose the current kitchen and wardrobe units into a highly functional space for this busy family of six, including a large island to accommodate sewing and crafts and a general work and storage area, while adding in an extra shower room.
“For the lounge we set out to transform the current large odd-shaped kids’ playroom (with leaking flat roof) into a formal lounge and dining space for entertaining,” adds Sarah. “Lisa and I worked together on key elements including lighting, flooring and colour schemes. The theme throughout our home was cleverly hidden away storage.
Lisa worked closely with the fire and multimedia specialists to accommodate both the TV system and contemporary wood burner into her unit design going back to the drawing board on several occasions. Lisa’s in-depth research into the double HAWA folding mechanisms (the first to be installed in the UK) concluded with training from HAWA technical team flying in from Switzerland to demonstrate the installation and operation. A similar single door system was installed also, part of the liquor & drinks cabinet in the kitchen – a system which allows the doors of the unit to effortless fold slide and hide away into the unit. The media entertainment centre includes secret drawers and hidden shelving which are perfect for storing comfy throws for cold winter evenings, firewood and board games for the children.”