67 The Avenue –
Torz Dallison House

Torz and Grey approached me, this time exploring the possibility of an extension or change of layout in their early 19th century semi-detached home. After analysing the architect’s drawings, we decided which directions to take the project in: we would work on a reconfiguration and redesign of their kitchen, the redesign of their utility room, a bespoke wardrobe in their daughter’s loft room and repainting of hallway.

The Kitchen

They were unhappy with the current layout; the kitchen felt like an extension of the hall. A corridor with doors either end, the kitchen either side and their dining table one end.

The brief was to create ‘a practical easy-to-use beautiful kitchen, utilising all the space available. Maximising storage, enhancing the flow and to work well for the family and how they live’.

The dining table was to be moved. The door from the hall to be blocked up and an opening to the living space created so becoming semi-open plan. With all this decided I worked on the layout, drawing up and analysing all the options. The final choice offered a lovely balance. Tall cupboards one end so maximising storage. A peninsular jutting out into the centre preventing a corridor, providing a bar seating area and enclosing the main work area.

The scheme was strong. A traditional look with a modern twist. Bespoke shaker style cabinets painted in the stunning Farrow and Ball ‘studio green’ with brass handles to really lift them. The worktop of beautiful Caesarstone quartz in riverlet so soft and calm. The flooring oak herringbone and the wall colour Farrow and Ball ‘setting plaster’. Details were everything. The Quooker boiling water tap looked stunning and the black Copenhagen pendant lights a real statement. The finished look is one of effortless charm with a soft edge.

Key Design Features

01 : Creating a kitchen that utilised all the space

02 : Maximised on storage

03 : Careful planning to prevent the ‘corridor effect’ and make the space feel more cosy

04 : Lovely soft materials and muted backdrop so the space feels restful

05 : Stunning key features to lift

The Utility

The utility was really a forgotten space. The brief was to ‘create a practical working utility that looks attractive and accommodates a WC’. This took careful planning as space was a premium.

The result looks great. Bespoke units painted in the lovely Little Greene ‘livid’, complementary tiles and the same soft backdrop of Farrow and Ball ‘setting plaster’. With a WC added there was still ample storage and worktop space.

Key Design Features

01 : Fitting in all appliances whilst still providing ample storage

02 : Accommodating a WC within the space

03 : Storage for shoes and coats

The Bathroom

Torz and Grey got in touch asking me to help them with creating a family bathroom in a space which was at the time a separate toilet and small bathroom.

After our initial meeting where we discussed what they wanted in the space and their thoughts regarding style, I created two concepts. Torz and Grey were very taken with the ‘monochrome’ concept with contrasting brass fixtures. The style to be a juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary.

The spatial challenge here was the shape of the new room, which included a curved wall.

Key Design Features

01 : Large shower in the space where toilet had originally been. The window had to be prepared for water protection.

02 : Slightly shorter freestanding bath in black. Allowing the practical layout to work. Striking and giving the illusion of space.

03 : Reuse of original toilet for sustainability and reduced expense.

04 : Bespoke vanity unit created to accommodate curved wall and best utilise space available.

05 : Brass fittings for a striking yet soft look against the monochrome backdrop.