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At the heart of our modern home is a multifunctional family room. Since the late 1700s well-to-do homeowners have taken pride in the luxury that is the ‘living room’; a place where heads of the home could retire and relax or entertain their friends on high days and holidays. By the 20th century a separate room, apart from the kitchen, became an expectation rather than a luxurious feature in almost every home.
Open plan living space
Spin the clock forward to the 21st century, and more and more homeowners are falling in love with their kitchen spaces. They want to make them bigger, brighter and most of all, large enough to include comfortable sitting areas. These ‘family rooms’ are now one of the most sought-after features in the modern home and even older, more established homes are being renovated to include a kitchen/living/dining space.
Contemporary open plan lounge
Bespoke multi-functional furniture can transform family rooms with sleek cupboards and shelving, integrated office spaces that can be hidden away when they’re not being used, and home cinema systems that bring everyone together into one utilitarian space. A well-considered design makes efficient use of unused nooks and quirky corners, turning family rooms into places that aren’t just comfortable but stylishly practical and well-loved.
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Today, it’s the family room that gets the most use. The place where we cook, eat, meet and relax; it’s where we gravitate to at the end of a busy day. But in homes with a larger footprint, where does that leave our separate, more formal living rooms? It makes sense, if you have space, to define every unused room and give it a purpose for living. Bigger homes can transform neglected drawing rooms by adding patio doors or bi-folds that can open up a whole exterior wall and bring the outdoors in. Unused garages can be converted into studies, games rooms or spare bedrooms. To make sure smaller sitting rooms are put to good use, many families are considering cinema rooms with bespoke furniture that will give everyone a multiplex experience – minus the overpriced popcorn!
Our homes are now places that can be enjoyed more than ever before. The secret lies in defining every room’s use and making creative and practical use of every square foot of space your home affords.
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Design visits are an opportunity for our designers to listen to your ideas, likes and dislikes
and advise on the best way to unlock your home's potential. Whether your space is large, small
or a little bit awkward, a design visit helps visualise the best solution that is unique to you
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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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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