This lovely Art Deco house was built in Clevedon in the 1930's for the local Impressionist artist Doris Hatt. She called it another name, but my clients were going to rename it in her honour. I was very excited to work on this project, partnering with the Architect Will Falconer www.willfalconer.com/, as I have always liked Art Deco and have never had the rare opportunity of working on a genuine Art Deco house. A cinema yes, but not a house. We were engaged to do the design work, prior to our client's completion on the purchase, and unfortunately, due to seller shenanigans, they have reluctantly had to pull out of the sale. So this design will sadly never come to be, but I decided to use this project as an opportunity to showcase some of the design work that goes on in a project rather than just finished photographs
The house was in a poor, damp state and had not been redecorated or renovated since the 1970's and most of the decoration did not suit the architectural style of the Art Deco Façade. My clients knew little about Art Deco style, initially and preferred interiors in a Modernist style, which, referencing the Bauhaus traditions of aesthetics is quite suitable to marry with Art Deco. I aimed to give them a sleek, pared back, comfortable, Modernist home in black and white, warmed up with oak and sandstone and using the long linear form of the rectangle as well as the odd curve that characterises the deco features of the front of the house.
My clients main focus was their kitchen, which they intended to spend the majority of their time in. They also wanted to create a disabled accessible guest suite, sun room and an additional bedroom and TV sung. The existing kitchen is small and its potential new layouts are limited by the amazing curved windows. There was an ugly, badly constructed 1970's extension on the east side which we wanted to demolish. This seemed like the best location to build a new section to house a large kitchen, sun room, utility and larder.
I like to 'furnish' the spaces I design at an early stage of the design process using real sized models on the AutoCAD plans. This helps my clients and I to really see how a space could be best utilised and where we might encounter spatial problems. When doing extensive renovation work, it really helps to do this, in order to correctly place windows, doors, radiators , electrics and lighting in sizes and positions that don't cause compromises to the ideal design and furniture layout later. As such, I drafted the floorplans as I saw fit, within the parameters of the existing footprint and some changes and additions the architect and I had verbally discussed. He created the existing and proposed elevation drawings based on my floor plans and was on hand to discuss the construction possibilities and suitability of any of my ideas.
Will Falconer's existing (left) and proposed (right) elevations