Before and After
Before and after shots are understandably powerful. The change in how people feel in a space and how it is used is even more potent. In healthcare design this is especially significant as changes made to the structure, layout, storage or colour scheme of a room can have a massive impact on the health and well-being of not only residents but those caring for them.
Petworth Cottage Nursing Home
We were approached by Petworth Cottage Nursing Home to transform an underused reception room into a warm and inviting space for visitors. The room, previously a ward in the original cottage hospital, enjoys views to Petworth House, boasts excellent proportions yet its cold blue decor attracted clutter rather than visitors.
On seeing the room we had an instant feeling for what the new colour scheme should be and very quickly identified a darker less used corner of the room as the ideal location for a large built in cupboard to accommodate wheel chairs and hoists. It was important for the new cupboard to be integrated as seamlessly as possible and appear part of the room. By building a new bookcase into the return wall and carrying the picture rail around the cupboard we were able to achieve this. The remaining floor space provided amply for a variety of seating to suit people dining, reading or just relaxing and crucially not on top of one another so more than one family could use the room at the same time. Reinstating the fireplace creates a much needed focal point and new chandeliers work in tandem with down lights, floor and table lamps to provide a flexible lighting scheme.
‘Jacqui and David Smith, ably assisted by Nichola Hayler, were an enormous pleasure to work with. Not only were they creative but most importantly of all they listened to Matron and her Team’s ideas. They worked within their budget and within the time schedule agreed. I and my fellow Trustees were enchanted and enormously pleased with the final result. Incidentally, I have worked with designers for most of my working life. I just wish that I had come across this small but extremely professional team at an earlier date! I have absolutely no hesitancy in recommending their services. A joy to work with and I would certainly use them again.’
Our client, a private care operator offering care for young adults with learning disabilities, purchased this property keen to make some structural changes to improve the natural light and the flow in the space. Having an open plan sitting room space was high on his agenda. The original layout comprised a modest sitting room and a corridor, with an under used bedroom off it, leading to a side door. By removing the stud wall we completely opened up the space, added bi-fold doors which made the most of the natural light and the pretty orchard garden. Strategic placement of the furniture ensured that the larger space was correctly zoned with a TV area and a quieter games area. The larger, lighter communal lounge transformed the ground floor and provided a space with flexible use for a variety of activities.