30 Mar 2017

i-build advises how to make use of awkward spaces with storage solutions


Tracy Alder and Andrew Laidler purchased a 16th century farmhouse in rural Northumberland with a view to carry out a complete renovation project and create a beautiful home for themselves and their 10-year-old son.

Being a 500-year-old property, it came with various challenges,” says Andrew. “The farmhouse offered great potential but it was a complex space with its nooks and crannies, not to mention all the uneven floors, walls and ceilings. The house also needed some remedial works and TLC, and in some cases we had to strip right back to the core to start over.”

When it came to planning the layout of their bedrooms, they enlisted Spaceslide to carry out a design visit and assess the best storage options to complement the space, as well as reflect their style.

“The colour options in the Spaceslide range very much fit our design style, plus the idea of having custom-made furniture to fit those awkward spaces in each bedroom appealed to us,” says Andrew.

For the master bedroom, Spaceslide recommended Deluxe Shaker three-panel sliding wardrobe doors with a stone grey frame and matching panels. An experienced team of installers carried out the installation, performing all the required joinery and fitting work to perfectly fit the space, making the doors look as if they had been part of the fabric of the house for years.

For their son’s room, they opted for three-panel Deluxe Shaker sliding wardrobe doors with a satin anodised frame and pure white glass panels. With a decision made on the doors, it was then a question of considering the best options in terms of the interior storage. For the mum and dad of the house, they wanted a variety of hanger bars and shelving to accommodate a range of garments and accessories. For their son, they needed storage for toys as well as for clothing.

Using Spaceslide’s online design tool, they were able to scope out their interior requirements and agree on the best solution for each room. A combination of the Standard Storage Kit, Cyber 400 Tower Unit and Cyber four-drawer 600 Tower Unit, all in stone grey, was chosen for the master bedroom wardrobe, offering deep shelves, soft-closing drawers and hanging space.

For their child’s room, the Standard Storage Kit and Cyber four-Drawer 600 Tower Unit were also chosen, but in a white finish to complement the door panels.



WIne o’clock!

Caple’s Wi3121 Classic undercounter single-zone wine cabinet features a super-sleek stainless steel door and fits neatly under the worktop. It has electronic temperature controls, an LED display and space to store up to 19 Bordeaux-style 750ml wine bottles. This cabinet operates at 43dB and will keep your wine at a constant temperature with its no-frost compressor cooling technology. It measures 295mmW, by 573mmD by 885mmH and is priced around £508 inclusive of VAT.



Making the most of awkward spaces

As home spaces are becoming smaller, maximising every inch of the limited room available has become every homeowner’s mission. Chloë Thacker, Marketing Director at Häfele UK, explains more.

The average size of a new-build, three-bedroom home in the UK outside London is now 88.9m2 – nearly 10m2 smaller than those built in 2003. As a result, kitchen size has also been compromised. The good news is that modern and sleek design solutions have come to the rescue for those living in tiny spaces and there are several smart ways of maximising your kitchen space. As well as making use of the width and length, you should think about height and width too.
1. Within reach Internal drawers, or a pull-out solution, allow you to reach all the ingredients tucked at the back with ease. The back of the door is also a useful space – add a spice rack for those smaller items.
2. Fold it away When space is at a premium, focusing on versatility, accessibility and compactness is key. Tables and ironing boards that fold into drawers when they aren’t needed, worktops that slide out to create a breakfast bar – these adaptable products all provide effective solutions for efficiently using space.
3. Think about under the sink Don’t waste the space under your sink. Add specialist drawers, bins or storage for your cleaning materials so they are right where you need them.
4. Don't cut corners Perhaps the trickiest space in the kitchen to access, a corner can often become a place where things are put and then forgotten about. Instead, make the space more practical with some pull-out shelves or baskets to access all of the cupboard contents quickly and easily.



Wall hung is the next best thing in kitchen design

We are fast becoming a nation that loves open-plan design but creating spaces that effortlessly flow between different areas can be tricky.

How do you design a kitchen that looks as much part of the overall plan as the living area? The answer is wall-hung furniture. Freeing up floor space creates a natural bridge and instant statement. It's a look that can work perfectly in any setting, so for those of us that love contemporary design and are passionate about traditional homes, wall designs step away from expectation and create a stunning feature. Creating stunning designs is something that the next125 collection has down to a fine art.

It’s a pure and contemporary design with the NX 501, shown here in crystal white high gloss. This highly reflective finish combines with strong linear design, making it the perfect partner to the reclaimed ancient oak fronts of the NX 650. With a working kitchen hidden behind a fully retractable door, the open space takes on a more relaxed feel.


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