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Rural ScandiBrit Chic

Escaping London living for the Surrey countryside was a long term dream for these high flying City clients. Recognising the potential of an unloved former agricultural shed, with its unbroken floorplan, rural setting and worn out charm, was the final piece of their dream jigsaw. Because of their traditional function, such buildings make for brilliant open-plan living spaces when restored. They can be a real celebration of light and space. However such large open voids can be challenging to layout and divide into hard working living areas. Our clients turned to a variety of experts for assistance in creating their 'Forever Home', ATELIER/ i . d . being one of the chosen few. Together with a team of architects, structural surveyors, specialist builders, craftsmen and smart home technologists we worked towards transforming the ugly duckling shell into a modern country haven. Space planning, electrical plans and lighting design, furniture and furnishings were ATELIER/ i . d . 's remit. Our clients, not being fans of clean lined minimalism ("life's daily mess just gets in the way") wanted a predominantly open plan yet cosy welcoming home. Of Norwegian descent, our client preferred a relaxed mood with a nod to the scandinavian style and a synergy with the surrounding outdoor landscape. Wall space to hang and display their extensive art collection was paramount to the brief - a particular challenge when barns don't have internal walls. So, after much deliberation, we settled on a main central long 'courtyard' living space with smaller functional rooms off to the sides. Touches like the floor to ceiling windows opened the space out and gave us the flood of light associated with such conversions. The mongrammed chairs, grandmothers battered old rocking chair and ofcourse, the carefully curated art collection made their interior more personal. A project a long time in the making, we finally achieved the contemporary family home of their dreams. And Else and Arne, the family cats were particularly happy...

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