Practically Perfect Georgian Townhouse Renovation in Berkshire
After homeowners, Ben and Hannah acquired this Georgian Townhouse in Windsor they set about renovating it into their dream home. The owner’s vision for the house was heavily focused on creating a functional yet sociable space to enjoy. Wanting to make the most of every inch they enlisted the help of Krantz Design, experts in producing bespoke furniture, to transform several rooms throughout the property into practical yet beautiful spaces.
The heart of every home is the kitchen, the design and concept of this room started with the architecture. Tapered walls and ceiling beams with original features made the kitchen layout a little more complex than usual. The design thoughtfully and skilfully incorporated the existing features to make a kitchen, which is both beautiful and functional. In order to incorporate a large central island as well as a dining table to seat 6+, they created a peninsular island with a bespoke banquette seating area on the reverse with enhanced views through the large bay window.
“The layout works perfectly whilst preparing food and the banquette seating around the bay window provides a great space to socialise.” Ben & Hannah Rainthorpe
Ben was also set on incorporating a cinema room into the house, the challenge here was ensuring that it would match the traditional feel of the rest of the home. By incorporating traditional features and designs, it is made to feel cohesive with the rest of the property. The room looks fantastic and also functions perfectly. In contrast to the light and airy feel throughout the rest of the property, the dark hues create a vibe that almost exaggerates cosiness; you just want to sink yourself into the sofa and never leave.
The team at Krantz Design worked closely with home cinema experts Pure Theatre to determine the best products to create a truly immersive experience whilst also achieving beautiful aesthetics. The two suppliers worked closely together to ensure that the traditional design didn’t compromise the viewing experience. To ensure the projector did not take away from the luxurious feel of the room a Pure Theatre projector lift was installed. This allows the projector to recess into the ceiling when not in use, and reappear at the touch of a button. Powder coated in black and then painted over in the same colour as the walls it is almost invisible when retracted.
Ben’s dream of a big screen is fulfilled thanks to a 100″ Fixed Frame Projector Screen cleverly recessed into a custom-built media wall creating a real focal point. Symmetrical alcove shelving on either side of the screen draws your eye to this central point. The superbly designed cabinetry houses three In wall DALI Phantom S-180 Speakers and the AV equipment, so everything is hidden away. Bespoke antique brass grill features were used, which match the cabinet hardware, to hide the low-level speakers
The couple knew that getting the sound right was pivotal to recreating that theatre experience at home. This room benefits from the aforementioned in-wall speakers teamed with 2 subwoofers and four In-ceiling speakers fitted into the coffered ceiling creating a Dolby Atmos enabled 5.2.2 surround system with phenomenal sound output.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry can also be found in the library of this home. Designed to maximise shelving space for the couple’s extensive literary collection, and a statement-free-standing desk takes centre stage. Features such as the antique brass cabinet hardware and the tongue and groove detailing in the back panels continue through from the main kitchen, and this along with the ornate cornicing and wall panelling really compliment the traditional feel of the property. With deep, low-level drawers for additional storage, and even bespoke internals for filing, this is definitely the work-from-home set-up we all need!
To top off this incredible renovation is a peaceful, serene and relaxed dressing room personalised completely to Hannah’s requirements. The dressing table kneehole drawer cleverly houses the hairdryer, and pull-out racks on either side are designed for standing perfumes and make-up. The use of mirror on the doors give the room a bright, spacious feel, and the unique glazing bars on the door style reflect the existing period windows of the property. Continuing into the master bedroom, bespoke fitted wardrobes transform the corners of the room into extra storage for clothing and shoes.
“This is the dressing room of my dreams. The room reflects my style, but also complements the rest of our home. The bespoke dressing table with pull-out drawers allows me to see all my make-up at once and it makes it simple and quick to get ready in the morning.” Hannah Rainthorp