First Sense Reno – utility design

Hello readers! It’s been a while here! What can I say, the renovation has become so ALL CONSUMING that I haven’t even been able to write my monthly update posts. I did start writing the 4 month update, and then a 4 + 5 month update, but I found it difficult to look back on how it has all been, because honestly, things got HARD. Psychologically, more than anything. Unforeseen issues turned this project into a monster, and the pain and stress of it all can’t be forgotten soon enough. Perhaps when the dust has settled, I’ll be able to articulate it for you. In fact, I am going to be on a renovation panel at Interior Junction on 14th September at Roundhouse, Derby – if you can make it, do come and chat with me! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend for interior lovers. Check out all the details on their website and book your tickets!

For now the best thing for me is to celebrate every little bit of progress and look forward to the lovely spaces that we are working towards. In my last post I shared my kitchen design, and if you’re following me on instagram, you’ll have seen that it is steadily coming together. There is still bespoke joinery to be done but we have a lovely bright kitchen that I LOVE being in. It is truly going to be my dream kitchen!

For this post, I thought it would be fun to show you the design of my utility space. I have shared a few teasers of the space on my instagram stories, but there is still a fair bit of work to do before I can show you more, so in the meantime I thought I’d share my plans for the space. It won’t just be a useful space but will also be pretty so that I’m doing laundry with a smile!

Transparency notice: My utility reveal blog post, which will be published later this year, may contain items received as part of brand collaborations. This blog post is independent of these collaborations but states where I am working with brands.

LAYOUT & USE

This space is off the kitchen and will be used for laundry, potting (plants), and as a mudroom of sorts where wellies are taken on and off at the bench by the back door, thus avoiding mud being traipsed into the house (this was a big bug bear of mine with the old kitchen!). Similar to the kitchen, I am avoiding wall units for a more open feel, but to ensure a good amount of storage, I have chosen just a single appliance for my laundry needs in the form of an integrated washer dryer (instead of a washing machine and a tumble dryer). This has been very kindly gifted to me by the best appliance retailer ever, AO.com. Being integrated, it will be hidden behind a door so that I don’t have to think about the laundry when the door is closed! Also, it is much more aesthetically pleasing to have an uninterrupted row of units. I’ll talk more about my choice of appliance in another post soon where I’ll discuss the features I considered when choosing each of my kitchen and utility appliances.

STYLE & COLOURS

I am continuing the modern classic style of the kitchen into the utility and have gone for the same Shaker units as in the kitchen (from DIY Kitchens), but have had them bespoke painted in Paint & Paper Library Kigali for the utility.

The elevation below shows the wall with the units –

First Sense Reno - utility design

I have always loved a Belfast sink, so I am very happy to have one in my utility. I have teamed with a gorgeous gold bridge tap.

The tongue & groove style cladding will continue around the room and on the opposite wall we will create a peg rail for hanging up bits and bobs, similar to this –

Peg rail – beautiful and useful! Image: @francois_et_moi

WORKTOP

When I was researching worktops, I came across solid surface worktops which immediately grabbed my attention. They have excellent properties such as being non-porous and therefore hygienic and stain resistant, and should the need ever arise, they can be sanded back to their original splendour. They can also be cut on site, thus saving on expensive templating costs that quartz, granite and marble worktops incur. I ordered samples from Mistral and was contacted by one of their team who was super helpful in answering all my questions about this wonderful material and I am delighted to be collaborating with them for my utility worktop!

Solid surface Mistral Moonscape worktop

A little peek at the stunning Mistral worktop in ‘Moonscape’

I have chosen the gorgeous Moonscape colour which looks like handmixed concrete and works so beautifully with the dark units, Belfast sink and gold tap! I shared a few peeks in my instagram stories when this worktop was cut and fitted; if you missed them, you can catch up via my ‘reno – July’ story highlights.

LIGHTING

In addition to a row of spot lights providing general lighting, a lovely ceiling pendant light with an adjustable angle will serve as a task light above the worktop. A beautiful light has to be paired with a beautiful light switch, and I found the loveliest brushed brass toggle switch (first one in the picture below) at Elesi.com, who are very kindly supplying the light switches for my utility, open plan kitchen and pantry.

Soho Lighting brass light switches

Gorgeous SoHo Lighting brass light switches at elesi.com

I’m so excited to have these switches installed soon and show you when they are in situ! Beautiful details like that make such a difference in elevating a space, I think! [By the way, if you are new to Elesi.com, do check them out as they have a stunning range of not just switches and sockets, but also wonderful handpainted lights, gorgeous bulbs and even downlights with changing colour temperature.]

FLOORING

I am continuing the same flooring throughout the ground floor, no thresholds in doorways. Not the easiest thing to pick one floor to work with so many different spaces! I mentioned in my kitchen design post that I was considering Quick Step‘s Impressive range for its excellent properties which include being waterproof and scratch resistant, making it a practical and beautiful option for any interior space. I have picked the Soft Oak Medium for my flooring which is a lovely light greyed oak colour and happily works beautifully with all my spaces!

So that’s the design for my utility… it’ll be a space which proves that a utility doesn’t have to be utilitarian! It can be pretty and timeless, making laundry feel less of a chore! I’d love to know what you think! Please comment below or find me on instagram and share your thoughts! 😊

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