House Boat

Not all my projects have foundations and are constructed of bricks and mortar, this recent project was a houseboat at Chelsea Bridge Wharf in London. The brief was to design an interior concealing as much storage as possible whilst retaining the clean lines and open plan aspect of the boats interior. The challenges I faced were concealing a TV screen, displaying paintings and objects and forming a home office with storage, filing systems and printers.

Designing an organised living space is critical to any interior design scheme and most people have ‘stuff’ which all needs to be either displayed or concealed depending on it’s function. The project required wall space for paintings, concealing a TV screen on a lift, display shelving for pottery and objects and concealed storage for files and paperwork. Rather than making a feature of the material all surfaces were painted in the wall colour to blend into the background.

The result is a seamless and harmonised interior space the client can enjoy whilst having the practical benefits of storage and function.

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Client Testimonial

I was recommended to David and was a bit nervous about using someone to design cupboards (I mean, really, how hard can that be?!). But … having moved to a huge and beautiful houseboat and we desperately needed really great storage to hide away all our stuff without compromising the space and light that floods throughout the boat.
Working with David has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, both in design terms and financially. Not only did he make something pretty dull a fun thing to do, but was incredibly good at focussing my mind on exactly what we needed and how much space was required (in the end quite a lot). He came up with great suggestions and seemed to find space in places I would never have considered. David is remarkably easy to work with, he listens, suggests, is gently persuasive and good humoured throughout the whole process. I’m actually quite sad it’s all finished!
— Laura Mackay