Modernising a 1980s Family Home in New Milton

Dave and Emma, a busy family from New Milton, found that their spacious house wasn’t quite meeting their needs.

Despite its size, their four-bedroom home felt disjointed, with the kitchen separated from the dining area and the living spaces feeling cramped. They were looking for a more open and functional layout that would allow them to cook, host, and relax together seamlessly.

The Challenge

Their kitchen was isolated, and the dining and living rooms were tight and awkwardly arranged.

Additionally, the nearby conservatory wasn’t utilised much, and the lounge layout lacked cosiness. These challenges made it difficult for the family to enjoy quality time together and entertain guests comfortably.

The Solution

To address these issues comprehensively, our team proposed a multifaceted solution.

We suggested a small extension to create a more cohesive space. By carefully designing an S-shaped extension, we seamlessly merged the kitchen, living, and dining areas. This not only improved flow but also created a sense of unity throughout the space. Furthermore, the extension provided an opportunity to introduce more natural light, making the area feel brighter and more inviting.

In addition to the extension, we reimagined the layout of the existing rooms to maximise functionality and comfort. We optimised the use of space in the nearby conservatory, transforming it into a versatile area that could be used for various activities, such as reading, working, or simply enjoying the garden views. Additionally, we redesigned the lounge layout to create a more intimate and welcoming atmosphere, incorporating cosy seating arrangements and strategic lighting to enhance the overall ambiance.

To further enhance the practicality of the space, we introduced a utility room adjacent to the kitchen.

This addition not only provided valuable storage space but also improved the efficiency of daily household tasks, such as laundry and cleaning. By carefully considering the needs and lifestyle of the family, we were able to create a design that seamlessly blended form and function, resulting in a home that was both beautiful and practical.

Client Feedback

“Our house used to feel dark and disconnected. Now, thanks to the team’s work, it’s bright and spacious—a perfect family home.”


This project serves as a testament to the power of thoughtful design and collaboration. By working closely with the clients and leveraging our expertise, we were able to transform their house into a modern, functional space that truly reflects their lifestyle and values.

The success of this project highlights the importance of tailoring design solutions to the unique needs and preferences of each client, resulting in spaces that not only look great but also enhance the way they live and interact with their surroundings.

The Team

– Architect: Pride Road New Forest & Bournemouth
– Builder: Quay Point Ltd
– Kitchen Designer: Howdens
– Structural Engineer: AW Partnership Ltd

In summary, this case study exemplifies how good design can significantly improve daily living and create a welcoming environment for families like Dave and Emma’s. It demonstrates the transformative impact of thoughtful design solutions and collaborative teamwork in creating spaces that truly enhance the quality of life for their occupants.

With Laura and her team's help, our home has been totally transformed and the potentially stressful project was delivered as relatively smoothly as we could have wished for. In my opinion the strong points of Laura's service is her creativity and ability to challenge assumptions in the early concept stages of the project, followed by sound advice, competence and pragmatism in the realisation phases.
Dave and Emma

This modern house was quite dark with small awkward spaces. Now we have created a light filled, spacious family centred home and I am so pleased that they are enjoying it.
Pride Road

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