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Langstaff-Ellis Case Study: Creating Luxury from Adversity

Accidents befall all of us, they even happen to our houses and when they strike restoring or improving on what came before becomes a matter of urgency. In the case of our client in the picturesque riverside town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire an unprecedented flood led to the ruination of the whole ground floor of the house, necessitating extensive repairs.

But out of adversity comes opportunity, and our client saw that they could remodel their kitchen and create a warm comfortable space that would provide all the luxuries that the previous kitchen lacked.

Bespoke design for a liveable home

Understanding the urgency of the issue, to make the house a liveable home once more, we moved quickly to design and build luxury bespoke furniture, complementing the cabinetry with high-end appliances that would make the kitchen the heart of the restored home.

“Being flooded is a horrible experience but our client did something special and grasped the opportunity to upgrade their ruined kitchen. We felt it was our responsibility to get the kitchen completed for them as soon as we could so the house could start feeling like a home once more. Within the client’s guidelines we were able to create a luxurious kitchen that combines effortless chic with practical functionality to be the warm heart of the home” Ed Birks Langstaff-Ellis

Traditional, elegant Shaker luxury

To stay in keeping with the traditional style of the house our designer delivered a classic Shaker kitchen, accompanied by luxury touches.

Finished in a warming Farrow & Ball Charleston Grey, impressively precise ceiling height cabinets completed with finely detailed Armac Martin Quizlet knobs and pulls create a sense of comfort and familiarity as soon as you enter the room.

The elegance of the cabinets and drawers extends internally, where walnut shelving and detailing provide a tactile and attractive solidity. Within the knife drawer for example, the internal tailoring has been finely crafted to accommodate each blade, while the beautifully realised dovetails are a reminder of the high standards of craftsmanship our client’s receive.

In the cabinets, wine glasses sit on specially made shelves while the larder units boast beautiful shelving inside the doors to accommodate oils, spices, bottles and jars

Adding to the comfort of the room we installed a classic AGA hob that projects homeliness and a deep traditional Belfast sink beneath the windows overlooking the mature garden. The sink conceals cleverly integrated waste and a state-of-the-art Qooker Flex boiling water tap.

CRC Carrara Quartz worksurfaces throughout the kitchen reflect the shining white porcelain of the sink.

Practical and impressive high-end appliances

Hidden behind a larder unit door is a huge American style Fisher & Paykel refrigerator. Fisher & Paykel create impressively engineered kitchen appliances designed to keep fresh food at their optimum preservation temperatures, and while we would normally showcase the smart design in this instance it was important to preserve the symmetrical shapes of the kitchen.

Enhancing the symmetry, we ensured practical and fun elements were neatly reflected, hence sitting adjacent to the refrigerator on one side is an impressive Eurocave wine cabinet and on the other, next to the larder cabinet is a Miele stack.

The full height Eurocave wine cabinet can hold up to 60 bottles at ideal drinking temperatures and makes a fun forthright statement about the purpose of the kitchen. The Miele stack on the other hand, comprising microwave and coffee machine, is all about touch of the button practicality, the simple straight lines of the units complementing the style of the cabinets.

Extending the design into the dining room

The kitchen is an impressive room in its own right but flowing from it is a dining room where we were asked to create furniture that continued the themes and colour palette, but would also provide the room with its own focus and energy.

Occupying one whole wall we created a full-height storage and display unit that cleverly conceals an elegant cocktail cabinet and at its heart a unique bespoke wine rack.

The walnut cabinet includes pocket doors that open and slide away while in use but can easily be closed to hide its contents during the day. Internal sensors control discreet lighting within the cabinet that refracts through the glassware creating a magical glow.

The whole unit has plentiful storage including beautifully finished dovetailed walnut drawer boxes.

The bespoke wine rack in walnut is a masterful piece of design and cabinet making. Large enough to store over 80 bottles but a perfect piece of furniture even when empty, the unique design is both convenient and elegant providing a talking point for guests where they can ponder the appropriate Vintage for dinner.

A winning design that brings the house back to life

“This was such a satisfying project for the designers and craftsmen at Langstaff-Ellis. Helping our client to reimagine their home after the flood and to fast-track the project through has been challenging but incredibly worthwhile. Seeing the house brought back to life and knowing we were able to contribute furniture that will stand the test of time is a huge reward for all of us.” Ed Birks Langstaff-Ellis

For further information about creating a luxurious and elegant kitchen or dining room contact Langstaff-Ellis using the details below.

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Langstaff-Ellis Case Study: Practical, Luxurious Laundry & Boot Room

This architect designed family home overlooks the stunning Chiltern Hills with glimpses of the River Thames in the valley below, making it an ideal location for long country walks. But with walks, especially in the English winter comes mud, which is why we created this beautiful and practical country laundry & boot room.

Building on the work of architects Heighway & Associates we were briefed by the client to create a comfortable space that filled multiple functions; a place for washing and drying the laundry, alongside a welcoming refuge after a cold winter walk.

Using classic Shaker cabinetry in a warm Paint & Paper Slate II shade gives the utilitarian space a homely comfort. The extensive cabinetry is complemented by panelled raised tongue and groove walls sprayed to match the cabinetry and finished with full height Shaker style cornicing that brings the room together.

In keeping with the luxurious feel of the room we designed customised laundry racks that pull-out from the wall but are discreet when not in use. Cupboards are finished to a high-end both internally and externally, with interiors clad in lacquered oak veneer behind solid oak shelves that are easy on the eye and beautiful to touch.

The room was specifically designed with plentiful storage in mind, hence the tailored internal storage has both full height cupboards for hanging outdoor coats and jackets, plenty of room to hide away boots and shoes, and generous spaces for airing freshly cleaned laundry. We also engineered specific cabinets to house the everyday cleaning and ironing equipment.

The sweeping worktops are Compac Carrara Quartz, which is elegant, practical and works beautifully as a complement to the stone floor, while the focal point in the room is the 900mm wide Butler Sink framed by overhead shelving and the symmetrical design of cabinets and high-end Miele appliances below.

“One of the areas that Langstaff-Ellis specialise in is working with architects to help them fulfil their vision for a project. On a new build house like this one, we are able to translate their sketches, adding our experience to create detailed CAD drawings for a practical but luxurious room.

When designs are signed-off by the client our combination of precision machining and hand finished craftsmanship turn the build and installation into a quick and efficient process.

On this impressive site, we wanted to create a space where you could come in from a walk, have somewhere comfortable to shed and store your outdoor boots and clothes but also to throw them instantly into the wash if necessary. So, it also needed to be easy to clean and a practical laundry room, but with a luxurious feel. We know the client put a lot of trust in us on this project so we’re grateful that he loves what we’ve been able to achieve.” Ed Birks – Langstaff-Ellis

For further information about creating your perfect utility room contact Langstaff-Ellis using the details below.

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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.