Petworth Cottage Nursing Home
This Sussex care home lounge refurbishment was for Petworth Cottage Nursing Home where they offer respite and palliative care. Our brief was to transform an underused and uninviting visitors’ lounge into a homely and peaceful space for relatives to retreat to when visiting loved ones.
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. Storage is so often in short supply in healthcare settings and 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 continuing 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.
By reinstating the fireplace we were able to provide the room with a much needed focal point and new chandeliers work in tandem with down lights, floor and table lamps to provide a flexible lighting scheme. . A large corner cupboard was built in featuring a bookcase on one side blending it in to the room.
The furniture lay out features distinct areas offering a variety of seating and enough to enable more than one family to use the room yet still feel relatively private. This previously idle space is now a regularly used residents’ lounge.
‘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.’