Coach House, Somerset
An existing client appointed me to help with converting and repurposing a historic Coach House on their property. The Grade 2 listed Georgian outbuilding needed to be completely re-envisioned in order to serve a variety of functions. On the ground floor, we incorporated a gym and workshop. The focus of the design on the first floor was guest accommodation. The aim was to create the perfect self-contained apartment for guests, ensuring that it feels just as luxurious as the main home, whilst retaining its own identity. In order for the interior to speak to the rest of the property, I incorporated pretty block printed fabrics and soft colours mimicking the surrounding gardens and the interior of the main house. The hallway storage and guest kitchenette link the two bedrooms together by means of the colour palette and materiality. Respecting the period features of this building was at the forefront of our goals and we painstakingly restored every aspect that we could, including the existing 18th century cobblestone floor, and exterior stable doors. In areas where the period features could not be salvaged, we brought in character that speaks to the soul of the building. Examples of this can be found in the reclaimed timber cladding on the ceilings, and the traditional polished plaster walls that add texture and feel as though they have been there for centuries.