Monthly Archives: February 2012

How do I manage a design and build project?

What a week, frost and thermals on Monday, sunglasses today. The only consistent thing in the air this week has been the dust around our design build and renovation project! Today’s update is very visual. We have made great progress but I can’t sit still and write for long or I too will look like Miss Haversham – covered in dust. Must keep moving, I believe it’s harder for dust to stick to a moving target!

 

The roof is on, the windows are in

The old blockwork is coming down to open up the kitchen

Looking back towards the existing kitchen with the old wall almost down

The kitchen before we knock the wall out

Looking up at Steve, our builder, as he knocks out the wall into our bedroom

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Window wonder

We’ve been off site this last week but progress on our design build and renovation project has been great and the windows are in! Here’s a sneak preview but for more photos and all the details follow the blog next week.

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Design trends and inspiration

Here’s another of my updates on some of the inspiring ideas and key trends for the year ahead which I picked up at the furniture Fair at the NEC Birmingham last month.  If the weather outside is making you want to hibernate, then hunker down and enjoy what the interior industry has to offer. This week, storage solutions: from clean lines and minimal display to beautifully designed dressing rooms and a quirky coffee table which may well become a personal friend.

 

A sleek storage unit for home or office

A beautifully designed dressing area which makes perfect use of a corner

A fun storage solution

Keeping with tradition and in celebrate of the Queen’s jubilee

“put a lid on it!”

A quirky coffee table friend

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for, then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

First window goes in our design n build project

What an exciting day. All our windows arrived yesterday. They were so well wrapped it was tricky to see exactly what we had but from the small area I could get too they looked beautiful. Today we have begun to unwrap them and I’m not disappointed: they are beautiful. And the window latches and stays are just what I had intended. It’s a tricky business getting these details right but this is what I believe makes the difference in a design and build project. I want the new build to have a contemporary look but I want the fabric of the building to look aged. For me it is this meshing of two different styles which will give the new build a feeling of permanence and history.

I was so excited when the first window went it: good job the camera wasn’t on me, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat!

The felt and batons are going into place on the lower roof

The first of our windows is taken up and over the batons

Setting the first window

 Fitting it into position

The first Velux in place in the lower roof

 As the builder exclaimed about the first window: ‘it fits like a glove’ let’s hope the rest are as easy!

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.