Space Planning & Home Design In Somerset

render of bathroom with walk in shower and freestanding bath

Unlock your home's potential

Does your home not work for you, are you always tripping over each other or have a room that never gets used? As our lives change with children arriving, growing up and moving out, our needs change over time and the house that suited you perfectly at the beginning, may not work for you now.

Emily can help to unlock your home's potential, giving you direction to how your space could work better for you. Emily will work within your budget, offering immediate changes through to five or ten year plans of gradual works you could follow.

Sometimes just a fresh pair of eyes and an unbiased overview is needed to see how new spaces could be created within your current home with simple tweaks such as relocating the TV or changing the dining room table. Other times moving a doorway will completely change how your family uses a space, read the example below of Una and her difficult kitchen.

I don't believe an extension is always the answer, it is often about making the most of the space you have available before you need to add more.

Emily has the perfect design solutions for you, no matter your budget, big or small.

By offering design in hourly rather than service packages, it gives you the flexibility to spend the time on the questions YOU have and help you in the areas you most want support and advice. Time is not limited to just these packages, but these will give you a discounted block of time and an idea of what can usually be achieved within each block. This keeps you in control of your budget so you can spend it where you most need it.

If you're planning an extension, it can be invaluble to invest a couple of hours of design time to look at how the new space will work before even talking to your first builder! I have seen a lot of extensions that have been built to create more space, but actually they could have saved the £20K or more because actually they could have just made a new window and rejigged a doorway!

How Does a Typical Project Work?

All design packages start with a free and no obligation design consultation via phone or preferably Zoom or a site visit which can be slightly easier to get a sense of the space and how it flows between spaces. Here we will bounce ideas around together and discuss how you use the rooms currently and where you feel the problem is.

From there, we can find the design package that will best suit your needs and if Emily is the right designer for you. Each project is completely different but she will be open and honest about the best way to use the time so we can focus on the areas you most need help with in the most cost effective way. We mostly work in 2D plans for space planning but we can always create 3D renders if thats the direction we find is the most useful.

plan view of room layout

5 Hours - Home Space Planning- £300

Perfect for those looking for:

✔ Fans of Kirstie and Phill's Love it or List it on All4!

✔ Home and Space Planning

✔ Inital plans for long term projects before discussing with Architects and Builders

✔ Schedule of works so you know which order to engage the different trades

Single Hour £65

Are you 90% of the way there with a design you have made yourself or with an architect? I will very happily chat through your designs with you to test your ideas and check that the design will work for you and your family. I can give you some pointers to guide your purchasing and give you that final bit of confidence in your last few decisions.

Site Visit £200

A site visit can be useful to give a really good sense of space and how you move through the rooms. It is particularly useful for space planning as it is all about how we are changing this flow around the building.

However, a walk through video can also be used if you are far away or working to a budget so it is completely up to you as to which you would feel happier doing.

Modern Kitchen with Woodgrain Doors

An Awkward Kitchen Space

PROJECT | When Una phoned up and said that she had a difficult kitchen, it's often just a matter of fresh eyes to find out the sticking point but this room was a real challenge! After a great deal of head scratching and some very silly role play to check it all flowed together, we finally cracked it.

THEY SAID | 'Emily has given us a kitchen we are very proud to own. We have a very awkward shaped space and we tasked Emily with three main objectives

(1) move the cooker away from the access door from our hallway into the kitchen

(2) stop people having to walk through a utility space in order to get to our dining room and

(3) keep a sensible amount of storage & work surfaces.

Emily spent time pretending to use the space for simple things like making a cup of tea, cooking at the hob, washing up in order to get a feel for the flow of the work space. From this she produced an ambitious plan which we initially felt daunted by, but with Emily's help, decided to go ahead. The exiting part for us was choosing the cabinetry and we were delighted to have the advice of Robert Charles to guide our choice.

Emily project managed the whole work for us - making sure the builder, electrician, plumber, plasterer were all lined up and turned up on time. We were very impressed by all the trades she engaged and they all did their work to a very high standard.

I would recommend Emily to anyone who is thinking about having their kitchen updated - you won't be disappointed.

Una & Pat

Floorplan space planning diagram

Love It or List It like Kirstie Allsopp! -Blog Post

Our homes are our castle and with COVID-19, we are going to be spending a lot of time in them! Now is a great time to evaluate yours to work out how you can Love it or List it.

Hopefully you can Love It by having time to really think about how your home works for you now.

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