Our client, Nicola, wanted to create a practical yet aesthetic utility space in her large family home. The detached property in Ashington is full of character, so it was important for the project to complement its original features and sense of charm.

This lovely home featured a detached garage that was set about three metres away from the house. Our brief was to make use of the space between the kitchen and the garage to create a functional utility and boot-room that complemented the property’s period features.

As well as closing the roof and building a unique area, Nicola wanted us to add plenty of storage space and include appliances. While the boot-room was relatively narrow, we devised clever built-in storage solutions that made the most of the available walls – including overhead cupboards with a rustic ladder for access. By adding french doors at the end of the room, we were able to bring in plenty of light and ensure the space didn’t feel closed in.

Alongside built-in cupboards, we included dedicated boot and shoe storage and coat-hanging cubbies, handcrafted in our local Northumberland workshop. One of the most unique and fun elements of the project has to be the cat litter space for our client’s two Persian house cats. We built a special secluded area, low down, for the cats to enter through a bespoke cat-shaped door. It was important to make sure the litter area, while private for the cats, was also easy to access for cleaning.

From the Farrow & Ball paint in Stiffkey Blue to the door handles and coat pegs, we ensured Nicola had the final say in every detail so it was truly tailored to her needs and tastes. She commented:

“The new boot-room-utility looks brilliant, I have so much storage space and the cats love their new home. The attention to detail in the design & fitting was outstanding.”