Don’t judge a book by its cover!
This old school house might teach you a lesson in thinking outside the box.
Our challenge was to create an open plan living space that was bright, fun and funky to reflect the owner’s personality!
The first thing greeting you walking into the door, is the height of the ceilings and the brightness throughout the space. The open plan living room downstairs gives you a sense of luxurious space. The dark, wooden floors ad a sense of warmth − the actual heat is generated by a Wood-Pallet Pot Belly Stove with a glass door which not only provides heat but also a focal point while relaxing.
One of the first things to catch your eye in the living room is the »lighting constellation« which helps to soften upstairs and downstairs and when turned on at night simulates our planets in the sky.
The kitchen cabinets are sleek, white units − the long island with bar stools separates the kitchen and living room area and opens up into the dining room space on your left. We also added a new French door leading outside to the private patio.
The oak and glass staircase unit (with incorporated storage) was died walnut and than French polished. It leads you upstairs into the first mezzanine − the Bedroom.
The Bedroom is in-cased in glass and structural beams. Some of which are from the original roof others are new additions to create the new railings; the newer beams and the wardrobe have rounded corners to soften the effect
The second Mezzanine houses a large, slim library and office. The two are connected by a Meditation platform − a glass walkway with incorporated blue LED lights which at night send blue waves through the glass.
Throughout the space − the walls, ceilings and beams are crisp white. This was inspired partially by a white iPod which represents the modern technology that dominates our daily lives − this I wanted to reflect in an actual living space!
This Rectory was built in the 1830s and was re-roofed in the 1980s with red concrete tiles. The owner wanted to restore it to its natural beauty using natural slates. The valleys are encased in copper. While the roof was off we insulated the attic space and added 3 solar panels which works very well in the summer time to keep the 10 room B&B with supply of hot water – compliments of mother nature.