Project Name: Modern Country House

Location: United Kingdom

Date Completed: February 2018

Architect: Martin Norford (HPS Planning)

Interior Designer: Clare Gaskin Interiors

Construction Company: PMS Developments Ltd

The client had a vision to renovate and develop an existing property to create a contemporary style home incorporating large open-plan living spaces and landscaped grounds. Inspyer Lighting Design’s brief was to develop a versatile, and functional lighting scheme which was adaptable for their busy family life and that worked harmoniously with the various elements of the design build. Their desire was for the lighting to accentuate the stunning architecture and enhance the beautiful, colourful fabrics and furnishings introduced by Clare Gaskin Interiors and her team.

The greatest challenge for Inspyer Lighting Design was creating a cohesive lighting scheme for the core of the house; a very large open plan space incorporating the kitchen, breakfast room, formal dining area and living room. The team combined strong task lighting, using downlights, with soft tones from decorative pendants and introduced elements of accent lighting and pops of colour using linear LED and in-ground uplights, to create interest, depth, and texture. The entire scheme was tied together using an intelligent lighting control system, creating clearly defined zones which worked in harmony with each other and provided a comfortable, versatile and practical living space.

In the formal living room, the clients’ wish was for a more relaxing atmosphere which Inspyer Lighting Design achieved using linear LED in the coffered ceiling and along the curtain box and worked with the joinery team to incorporate lighting into the bespoke unit along the back wall. Inspyer finished the scheme off using downlights to accentuate artwork and table lamps to enhance the soft colour palette produced by the interior design team. This layering of light ensured the clients a comfortable space in which to relax and unwind.

One of the most important requests included in the brief was to create a connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces. From an architectural design standpoint this was beautifully achieved using large expanses of glass which wrap themselves around the rear of the property and punctuate the facade at the front. From a lighting standpoint, this was achieved by using these uninterrupted lines of sight to create an external lighting scheme which gives the impression that the external space is merely an extension of the internal one, bringing the outside in and vice versa.

The homogenous nature of the design brought relevant specialists together to create a truly stunning home. Interior designers, joiners, lighting designers, AV specialists, builders, and landscape architects all worked closely with one another to ensure every element of the design build was carefully considered and incorporated. The result is a triumphant combination of design and function, vision, and execution.