Charlotte’s bungalow in Whickham, County Durham, was lacking suitable storage. The large open space was a blank canvas, so she asked the NOOK team to design and build fitted furniture that would create a homely, characterful atmosphere. As our client had lots of books and curiosities to display, we devised floor-to-ceiling shelving units that could accommodate items of varying sizes.

Charlotte’s dormer bungalow is entered from a central front door. Visitors walk straight into a stunning open space that includes a staircase and several doors leading to other rooms. As it’s the first room guests see, the customer wanted a warm and welcoming feel.

Following an initial consultation, where we measured up the space, we developed a concept and detailed plans for Charlotte to approve. We took her requirements and personal tastes into account and opted for full-height shelving on two walls, with a recess for coat pegs and a bench for putting on shoes. The shelving units included low cupboards for concealed items as well as open shelves for books, photo frames and ornaments.

A ladder to reach the higher shelves and a secret key drawer were also part of the original requests and we were more than happy to include them. Once we had hand-built and fitted the shelving units, we painted them in a welcoming shade of deep blue, using David Rose by Coat paint to ensure quality and longevity.

The project resulted in a unique and inviting area that offers practical storage as well as providing an enjoyable space to spend time in. Nicola said:

“NOOK has transformed an empty hallway into a loved part of our home, it’s a treat whenever we walk through the front door. I’m really pleased that I took their advice and changed from a safe light colour to something much bolder — I love it.”