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For the first time in over 30 years, London’s population is declining in 2021 due to workers leaving the city for cheaper and larger spaces in the surrounding suburbs. According to statistics from the London government, one in seven Londoners (14 per cent) want to leave the city as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Properties with garages, lofts and even cellars that can be converted into working or recreational places are hugely in demand. According to French 2 architects, Jenny and Anda French, ‘we need furniture and environments that are better suited’ to the post-Covid world.
With people’s priorities shifting, definitive boundaries between work and home life have never been more important and demand for bespoke fitted furniture solutions to maximise functionality in the home, is continuously on the rise.
Having a dedicated home working space has become an essential requirement for the majority of us. One space associated with work can help keep your home feeling like a home and not an office.
While it isn’t necessary to dedicate a full spare room to achieve a practical workspace, keeping work and home boundaries separate in smaller properties can be difficult.
Understandably, there has been a decline in people looking for smaller properties in city centres. Meanwhile, there has been a ‘126% increase in people considering properties in village locations, compared with a 68% rise in people searching for towns’.
Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Deborah Berke said: “The post-Covid home needs to be bigger and work harder, spaces need to be more multi-functional. We should ask more often what three things can happen in this room?”
Our sleek hidden home office (below) design is the perfect example of pushing the boundaries of your home and maximising functionality. Ideal for more compact spaces or a cosy workstation tucked away in larger rooms. A dedicated home working space can simply be one part of the room, and the beauty of this design is that it can be closed away and out of sight when the working day is over.
As architect Emily Farnham said, ‘a few well-placed doors might save you from Zooming in your laundry room.’ By having an area you can open up and hide away, the rest of the house can be a place of relaxation, socialising and tranquillity.
If multiple members of the household are working from home, dual office spaces can often be an excellent solution, as shown with our modern home office design (below). If you have the luxury of a spare room, this can be a fantastic addition to a home, alternatively, dual workspaces can be built into living rooms, library corners and even bedrooms.
However, there’s more to your life and your home than just finding the right workspace.
According to a survey by the London Assembly Housing Committee, a huge 33% of Londoners want to move to a new home, as the pandemic has made people re-evaluate what they want from their living space.
We all need a place to escape; a quiet home library or media room to retreat to with your family members and unwind. Having a place you associate with being calming is every home owner’s dream.
With a little innovation and imagination, you’d be surprised what even just one room could transform into. Fitted furniture solutions allow for the corner of your bedroom to house a cosy library nook for reading. The spare box room repurposed into a home cinema, or a multi-purpose media centre added to your living room.
Even the smallest amount of additional space can offer an abundance of home relaxation benefits. As architect Toshiko Mori says, an area to relax ‘doesn’t need to be large, but should be separate enough that one can feel away from work while still being at home’.
One of the biggest plights of city living is cramped storage – bedrooms often become the dumping ground for clothing, shoes and other items we can’t neatly store anywhere else.
Unfortunately, flats within city blocks rarely have ample storage solutions, leading to clutter – and clutter quickly leads to a poor night’s sleep.
With most adults needing 7-9 hours of sleep a night, a well organised bedroom is the perfect solution to a restful night.
When you have a place for everything from neck-ties to ball gowns; shoes to shirts, you have space to breathe. A sleek, tidy environment, free from clutter can bring a sense of calm and tranquillity to fitted bedrooms.
Book your free visit with one of our expert designers today, or request a Neville Johnson brochure.
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The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.
Cherry Murdoch, London
From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.
Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull
From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe
A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.
Richard Smith, Surrey
I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.
Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham
From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.
Alison Cole, Swinton
From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Pauline Treston, Northumberland
From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.
Judith Scorer, Stockport
Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.
Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire
From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.
Mrs S. D, Lincolnshire