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An apartment renovation in Dorset

This special apartment in Dorset was once loved and cherished by the previous owner... but everything has its day!

At Burchell & Burchell, we were in our element creating an exciting, eclectic apartment with a very good blend of old and new working harmoniously together. We set to work firstly on the kitchen, which had a serious amount of lost space due to unused fixed cupboards and an unused door leading into the hall… maybe a good idea at the time, but not anymore. 

We removed these and the ill-fitting cabinets and set to work on the blank empty room. The very special flooring was designed to give extra oomph and create an illusion of space, with added underfloor heating it is now the ultimate in luxury with a mixture of marble and slate for the borders. We fitted an up-to-the-minute American style fridge freezer, Lacanche gas and electric range cooker plus all the other necessary equipment to make an outstanding space for a serious cook to work, including an instant boiling tap!

The lighting was especially important in this room, as it has no natural light coming in at all, we had to work out carefully how to give an illusion of being light, but not full of glare. We used two lovely pendants and a specially designed ceiling centre produced to house spotlights to highlight areas the under cupboard lights could not reach. The effect is a warmly lit and efficient space where no areas are left in the dark.

What a delight, with a fully bespoke designed kitchen to allow for the maximum storage and up-to-the-minute equipment, a sparkling new kitchen was born... a truly wonderful space to be enjoyed for many years to come. A true classic kitchen which is a joy to be in and create wonderful delights!

Onto the bathroom...

The bathroom was so very tired and in need of a complete renovation to bring it into the 21st century... so everything had to go!

We re-designed the layout to give a much more practical and spacious feel to the room… creating a much airier and much lighter room, utilising every available inch.

The flooring was replaced with polished marble set into a repeating pattern with a centrepiece designed to add a special feel to the room, alongside the installation of luxurious underfloor heating! The walls are finished with a dramatic look, a veined marble and borders of two different stones, one limestone and the infill in glass.

The bath was replaced by a wonderful walk-in shower with a fantastically large shower head complete with several functions for the ultimate shower experience every time. An ornate ceiling was designed to give an extra unique feel.

The sink was moved to where the original shower was positioned and the wall taken back, as wasted space was found with unnecessary boxing... giving a fabulously large area for a bigger than life sink with extra storage space installed through a useful cupboard above!

The sink and unused cupboards that were once behind the door were replaced by a lovely nickel stand-alone bath… the ultimate in luxury and oh so comfortable to use - the specially designed bath back was covered in a Thibaut cork silvered paper and borders inserted to give more detail.

The WC is now a Sensowash Duravit Japanese style toilet, giving the ultimate in cleanliness and convenience of being lit at night so you can never lose it! This stylish toilet comes complete with button push operation, including the lid lifting.

The lighting was essential to get spot-on so we maximised the opportunities as in any room, we provided three light settings from having everything on for those dark winter days, or just specific lights when having a bath or shower. We cannot emphasise the huge importance of getting the lighting right in every room.

Now there is a very luxurious bathroom to wow everyone who views and uses it, whatever the season.

If you're looking for a professional interior design company in Dorset, look no further than Burchell Interiors. Get in touch with us on 01935 817336 or email to discuss your ideas today!


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