Marcus Hirst

Storage Solutions

By Marcus Hirst, March 30, 2017 DESIGN & LAYOUT

 

During the Design Phase, people often get caught up in the more exciting parts of the project like the type of doors and floor material. Practical elements are easy to forget about, mainly because they generally aren’t as visually appealing. Practicality is extremely important – it’s no use having a stunning kitchen that you can’t use (or is impractical to use). If you’re investing in a new kitchen or living area, it should be a dream to use and spend time in. We’re here to help guide you and ensure that you think through all of the important aspects.

Building storage into the shell of the house is often the most efficient way to plan your storage solutions as you will be using otherwise wasted wall space; it also prevents you having to build in extra storage units later. Some people think that furniture allows for more flexibility in the long-run as it can just be moved with the layout of the room, but how often do you move your beloved escritoire or antique credenza?

If you have a wide home and extension, and wouldn’t mind loosing 60cm or so on the inside, why not use an entire wall for storage? You can either fill the wall with floor to ceiling shelving, or for a more inconspicuous look, using panel doors to lie flush to create a false wall effect can be a good way to get lots of additional storage space. If you have a chimney breast, and don’t fancy the idea of removing it, why not use the space for storage? You can cover the void space with doors, or the alcoves at both sides. Using doors in this way creates an unobtrusive design because all you see are the door handles, and the joints – but not the clutter that lies beneath.

Creating nooks in walls can also be a great way to highlight certain curios or possessions you use frequently. Either carving out an existing brick wall or putting up a stud wall with an opening will create this effect quite nicely. This option is a little more permanent, especially if you’re carving out existing brickwork. Stud walls can usually be removed with no issues. This can be more costly, especially if you decide you wanted a nook for a pepper grinder carving out of a demolished chimney breast. These little details can really make an extension stand out and create fabulous design features.

There are tons of options – have a look at what our Project Management team did alongside the stairs in our Head Office. We needed a wall or bannister to enclose the stairs and make the area safe and instead of opting for a traditional wall, we chose these cool squares that make for an interesting feature and a very effective storage facility.

If you want a more in-depth discussion about what storage would work and suit your project book a site visit today! Call 0207 242 5353 or email hello@designteam.co.uk for more info.

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