Clare Gaskin Interiors

Hertfordshire Modern Country House

Our client found a dated (late nineties) property with great renovation potential. Our brief was to refurbish and transform this extensive 10,000 square foot residence with a radically altered open floor plan and FF&E throughout.  The project involved a complete reconfiguration and extension into what has become a thoroughly modern country house with a clean lined Miami house style look.

The client had a strong vision for an open floor plan, requiring the removal of several rooms to create a light filled core to the property, consisting of an oversized kitchen, living and dining space with uninterrupted views of the redesigned garden.  

The challenge was to make sense of this vast space whilst maintaining a family friendly environment suitable for entertaining and contemporary living. To do this, we developed a scheme of luxurious textures, bespoke joinery and a varied colour scheme, including pops of colour in the living room and study contrasting with more subtle and elegant tones in the formal lounge and dining area.

Aside from the design aesthetic, storage was also a key part of the brief, with the provision of clever bespoke storage solutions to discretely store a trove of possessions throughout the house. The eaves in the master bedroom were built out behind the bed to store luggage and sports equipment and in the daughter’s bedroom, made challenging with low ceilings and shallow eaves, we installed joinery into the perimeter to make the space usable with a daybed style social area (perfect for sleepovers) with deep drawers.  

The specialist glazing was a technically difficult installation, but the results are worthwhile, bathing the open plan space with natural light and breaking down the boundaries between inside and outside. We always enjoy designing bespoke joinery and this was used throughout to help differentiate between living/eating zones but also to create practical storage solutions for a large family. We brought in resin flooring specialists to create a seamless flow between the master ensuite, dressing room and spiral staircase leading to the downstairs gym. 

The overall impression is an eye catching modern country house designed with plenty of contemporary functionality suitable for a busy family of six.