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Langstaff Ellis Case Study: Enhancing a Home Gym Maidenhead

If you’re fortunate to have a gym space in your home one of the enduring problems is how to store the small everyday pieces of equipment so they are accessible but not untidy. For our client in Maidenhead the answer was to design a fully integrated wall sized storage, display and AV unit.

Working out in the Covid-19 era has become a real home based occupation, many people have invested in large items of equipment while online cycling, yoga and even rowing workouts have really taken off. However, hooking up a computer and having cables trailing across the floor while trying to watch a small screen doesn’t make for an ideal exercise environment.

While our client’s dedicated space is a superb area for online and other workouts with ample room for free weights, yoga, stretching and dance, there was no storage space for items such as boxing gloves, yoga mats and cycling shoes.

As an enthusiastic collector of sports memorabilia too, solving the gym storage issue would also provide an elegant answer for displaying parts of the collection.

The designers at Langstaff-Ellis created a solution combining a complete wall sized storage, display and AV unit with ample cupboard space, shelving and an integrated large-screen TV. The floor to ceiling unit, measuring 6mx2.5m takes up one whole wall, wrapping around the doorway to create a stunning yet practical piece of furniture.

Framing the unit is full height pull out storage at either end, with simple cupboards stretching across the top. Shelving and a large-screen smart TV sit below with easy access cupboards flowing across the bottom.

Finished in complementary textures of high quality designer laminate from Xylocleaf with anthracite metal fabric backs to the shelves, the unit is accessorised with beautiful Buster + Punch handles.

Cabling is hidden within the cabinet to enhance the clean lines, complemented by downlighting in the shelves and discreet LED uplights at celling height.

Since completion the unit is now used every day as a fully functioning part of our clients home gym experience. Equipment is easily stored after use, online workouts can be enjoyed in large format on screen and sports memorabilia is highlighted on beautifully lit shelving.

“Well designed cabinetry can enhance every part of the home so we were thrilled to create this large unit for a home gym, solving a number of challenges our client had with a beautiful piece of furniture that brings real refinement to an otherwise utilitarian room.” Ed Birks Langstaff Ellis

If there are parts of your home that would benefit from high quality cabinetry solutions including kitchens, home offices, utility rooms and gyms please contact Langstaff-Ellis using the details below.

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Creating Your Perfect Home Office

One of the very few positives to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic has been the upsurge in home working. Many of us have become equally as productive at home as we are in the office, if not more so.

When combined with the benefits of saving endless hours and expense on daily commutes, with the bonus of sharing more family time, it seems that even once the pandemic is over an increase in permanent home working is here to stay.

Large organisations have begun to recognise this too, office buildings are being closed permanently or consolidated into smaller premises while many are giving assistance to staff to help with home working.

The home office has therefore become one of the most important rooms in the house, the one we are probably going to be spending more waking hours in than any other.

What are the six essentials for creating your perfect home office?

Design the whole space

With the leap into home working having happened suddenly for most of us our reaction was to simply cobble together a set up that worked at the time. Now home working is here to stay it’s worth taking stock and looking at permanent solutions for your home office.

Now is the chance to take an holistic view of your home office, ask if the cobbled together solution really works and to create a comprehensively designed space that accommodates everything you need from the colour of the walls and design of furniture to use of natural light and even whether you need a coffee machine.

Not all of us have a whole room that can be turned into an office but it’s still possible to optimise a space even if it’s an alcove, under the stairs or corner of another room. The key is to make the space your own so it feels like a place of work.

The beauty though is that you are not at the mercy of bland corporate design – the space really is your own so you can design the office you’ve always wanted.

It may be worth working with an interior designer to bring your ideas to life, or our designers at Langstaff-Ellis have a lot of experience in realising customer’s ideas, bringing them to life with intelligent design solutions.

From an aesthetic point of view you should consider what surroundings you’ll be comfortable working in every day, are you minimalist, rustic, old school or Scandinavian. Do you like big statement colours, warm woody tones or have a preference for an understated colour pallet? Whatever your style there are some fundamentals to get right.

A great desk

Your desk is where you spend practically all of your time in the office so it has to meet your needs, with plenty of space for computer, monitor, paperwork, phone charger, lamp, filing and maybe a plant or photo. It’s where you need to be your most productive so it has to be comfortable too with everything in easy reach.

Style and convenience aren’t the only considerations though; you need to think about the way you work. We all know someone who is always surrounded by paper and clutter at their desk, it doesn’t seem to bother them and they’re still productive. For them desk drawers are a waste of time, that stuff is always going to be lying around, they just need space. For others clutter is total anathema, they like to file and to store work in convenient spaces, knowing exactly where they can locate files, so desk cabinets and drawers are essential.

The location of your desk is often dictated by the size and shape of your office, in many cases there is no choice but to abut a wall or fit into a corner, but for larger spaces there is more leeway so our advice is always to consider where you and the desk will benefit from natural light. It doesn’t have to be close to a window but in a space where daylight can illuminate your working day.

Our experience of desk design says that you need to design the desk that suits your working style just as much as your aesthetic style, but whether it is minimalist or bureau style, corner unit, stand-up desk or statement furniture, a bespoke desk will always be the hub of your home office.

The right chair

Having the correct posture while working is so important in preventing back pain, but since regularly working from home how many of us have invested in an ergonomic office chair that provides support in all the right places?

Good office chairs until the pandemic were widely available. More recently there has been a shortage with orders often taking months to fulfil. However there is a solution, get one made.

Chair making is a discipline all of its own and something we are not specialists in however, we work with some very talented chair makers who are masters at designing and building beautiful unique chairs.

Whichever route you go down it’s important to remember that you spend a huge amount of time sitting in that one chair so it’s an item of furniture that is worth properly investing in.

Plenty of workspace

Your working style and of course what you do for a living has a great deal of bearing on how much space you need.

We know designers with very large monitors and day traders with multiple screens but also consultants who have various laptops supplied by their clients, so need extra accessible space. There also needs to be a convenient location for a printer, close enough to your desk but not actually on it.

The solution is to extend the desk space with additional worktops, either as part of your desk perhaps in a credenza or as extra units to run along adjacent walls. These can be as part of built-in storage solutions or as floating benches if you prefer something minimalist.

The one major conclusion we have drawn with workspace is that you can never have enough of it!

Maximise your storage

If you’re working in a restricted space or a well-proportioned study good storage is essential. Office files, projects, financial statements, plans, supplier and client information all quickly grow and need dedicated storage areas.

Some of this storage can be inbuilt into a bespoke desk with cabinets and drawers and while that will suit immediate needs the extra storage space offered by dedicated built-in units quickly becomes invaluable.

This is where you can really indulge yourself with bespoke floor to ceiling storage units that can integrate worktops, cabinets, shelves and drawers to combine all of your major office needs.

Design of cabinets can reflect or contrast with your desk, they should be designed in unison for a fully integrated feel. You may like to finish cabinets in bold colours, we recently made a large storage unit finished in Royal Blue to contrast with the oak shelves and worktops, or if the space is smaller use light colours to give the space a brighter glow. And as we love the look and texture so much, you can always let beautiful wood speak for itself, especially with oak, maple, cherry and walnut.

No matter what the finish, if your office is large enough and somewhere you intend to hold meetings you can create a bespoke conference or coffee table and build in a discreet coffee and bar unit.

Perhaps most importantly in the current climate, a great storage unit makes a Zoom background to be proud of!

Correct lighting

Lighting is another area where you can impress on Zoom. We’ve all had meetings with colleagues who seem to be hiding in the shadows, but an integrated lighting plan incorporating uplights and downlights into cabinetry and even into the desk can transform both your workspace and look on Zoom.

We may not all be able to flood our office with natural light, especially in the winter months but subtle and effective lighting is now an integral part of cabinet making design.

The perfect office should also have high-quality WIFI, plenty of power points, natural ventilation, heating and even air conditioning for the warmer months.

An investment for everyday

The home office is here to stay, it’s going to be the place where you spend more time than anywhere outside the bedroom, so creating your perfect office is an investment in your home and in the comfort of your working day.

For more information about working with Langstaff Ellis to design a perfect home office or to integrate our designs into your home please contact Langstaff-Ellis using the details below.

 

 

 

 

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Langstaff-Ellis Case Study: Home Cabinetry Henley-on-Thames

We know Langstaff-Ellis enjoys a great reputation for designing and building amazing kitchens, but many of our clients use our cabinetry skills to transform other parts of their homes. A recent project at a new development in Henley-on-Thames took in two home offices, a dressing room, bookcase/AV cabinet plus kitchen.

The development at Laureate Gardens on the site of the Victorian era workhouse takes in old and new buildings; Langstaff-Ellis have designed and built unique kitchens for all 34 homes. A number of the new owners have been so impressed by the quality of work in the kitchens they have commissioned the company to create bespoke interiors in other rooms.

In their new home in the Wordsworth building of the development our client recognised that working from home is now a fact of life. Therefore we were asked to design two separate offices, one to be fitted into a bedroom space and the other in a walk-in cupboard.

The apartment in the Victorian building has been sympathetically designed but because it is in an older building has very little uniformity in its walls, which meant we had to undertake a lot of complex 3D surveying in order to, get the precision in the designs we require.

In the larger office the main feature is a striking bookcase with spacious storage cupboards fitted beneath the antique beams of the end wall. The bookcase constructed from solid oak dovetail boxes is finished in a bold Royal Navy Blue from the Little Green Paint Company and a clear satin lacquer with industrial style handles from Buster + Punch.

In the same style the bespoke desk with side return fits cleverly into a corner, maximising the use of space. For extra comfort and a touch of luxury the solid oak worktop has a tactile Forbo linoleum inlay, making it a comfortable setting for all those Zoom calls.

The office in the smaller space was in many ways a more complicated piece of design and construction due to the constraints of the room. The Rock Maple doors, frames and full height cabinets with ovolo molding are finished in a light colour to generate a feeling of space, while the cabinets and shelving maximise storage space.

“What the photos don’t tell you is just how complicated this project was from a logistical point of view. Everything for both offices had to be carefully transported up two flights of stairs and constructed on site, however we’re really pleased with the results, they work perfectly in terms of form and function and most importantly as practical spaces for our client.” Ed Birks MD Langstaff-Ellis

Adjacent to the master bedroom the developer had left a blank space designed to be a walk-in wardrobe. Our client could see the potential and asked us to design a dressing room with spaces for his and her clothing and shoes.

To maximise the potential of the space we designed full height cabinets in a wood grain laminate, with a combination of push to open drawers and contrasting half and full height hanging spaces. To complete the dressing room we integrated lighting into the hanging rails and made life easier for our clients with pull-out trouser racks.

In the living room, we designed and built a full-height classical style bookcase and AV cabinet with hidden recesses for cabling, integrated lighting, and reflecting our client’s interests, specific shelving for their DVD collection.

Langstaff-Ellis had already built the kitchen in our client’s home but on moving-in they had some specific requirements. Therefore to complement the existing units we designed a bespoke sideboard cabinet and bar. Comprising dovetail drawer boxes for storage with a small Caple wine fridge and a beautifully executed oak wine rack, completed by a Carrara marble worktop the unit is a simple elegant solution that enhances the kitchen as a comfortable living space.

For Langstaff-Ellis the project has been incredibly rewarding but what we most enjoy is the satisfaction of our clients.

“We discussed our requirements for cabinetry with Langstaff-Ellis staff on site, and they then produced detailed design proposals within a short time. Their proposals were attractive and innovative and demonstrated that they had listened carefully to our requirements. They also responded rapidly to tweaks before producing the mutually agreed final designs and quotations. The company then provided a detailed timeline for the construction, delivery, and installation of the cabinetry. They duly delivered and installed all the items on time.

We are absolutely delighted with the quality and aesthetics of the cabinetry…Our overall impression of the company is that the staff were a delight to work with, and were very polite and thoroughly professional throughout the project.” Mr & Mrs M Henley-on-Thames

For more information about working with Langstaff Ellis to design a perfect kitchen or integrate our designs into your home please contact Langstaff-Ellis using the details below.