Tricia Carroll Designs opts for a Gazco Radiance in contemporary-style home
Tricia Carroll Designs, Hampshire
March 12, 2018
Tricia Carroll Designs is an award-winning interior design studio that creates aspirational and unique interiors to reflect different tastes. After spotting their gorgeous Petersfield project on Houzz, that featured a Gazco Radiance electric fire, we got in touch to find out more.
How long have you been running, and how did the business start up?
I set up my Hampshire-based design studio in 2004 having previously worked in London for a Commercial Property Developer. I was working within the Legal Department and was feeling unfulfilled, so decided to return to my ‘roots’ as I’d originally studied at Norwich School of Art. I studied Interior Design as I wanted a new career that would allow me to use my artistic flair.
I’ve focused solely on residential work as I love making a difference to people’s living environments. I’ve built my business based on my reputation for quality, customer service as well as my design skills.
What approach do you take with your clients?
One of my primary aims is to provide a personalised design service to create an interior that perfectly suits their lifestyle and needs together with the architecture of the property. It’s also important that the design scheme will stand the test of time.
From concept to completion the emphasis is on developing a strong client/designer relationship. It’s a very collaborative approach. After all, my clients’ homes are usually their largest asset and if building works are involved, you can be working on the project for up to 12 months or more. It’s vital to have a good relationship and key to that is clear and open communication. Part of my job is to do the detail and ensure my clients protect themselves against potentially costly mistakes.
How did the Petersfield project come about, and can you tell us a bit more about this project?
The Clients contacted me after finding my website and listing on Houzz. Their detached home is within a secluded cul-de-sac. On the ground floor there were lots of rooms that were disconnected from one another, with little space for the family to get together. Externally, the house also didn’t have much kerb appeal.
Their Architect had designed a single storey extension to the rear, plus a two storey extension to the side. I built on this to create a fantastic open flow on the ground floor and improved access to the garden and patio area, as the clients love entertaining.
My brief was to provide a full interior design service to completely update their family home and provide a contemporary living space, maximising the layout and open plan areas, together with some of the more private spaces. This also included redesigning the lighting and electrical layouts both internally and externally. (The kitchen was designed by Evoke Kitchens & Bathrooms, Petersfield).
How did you go about sourcing the fire for this house?
The floor plan below shows how the open plan kitchen, family, dining and living room areas are all interconnected. It was important to provide a focal feature within the space and a real fire wasn’t an option. To fit with the contemporary feel, I started researching suitable horizontal fires that would allow a TV to be mounted above it. I was already familiar with Stovax & Gazco and it was a pleasant surprise when the client emailed me before I could get back to them saying that they loved the Radiance range.
What drew you to Gazco’s products, and which one did you opt for in the end?
Already knowing the Stovax & Gazco range helped, as I was confident in recommending the product. Along with trusting the build quality, there were a number of benefits to using the Radiance electric fire such as no building works being required (other than a plug socket) and the simple wall mounted installation. In addition, the variety of designs available made it easy to co-ordinate with the rest of the interior.
We opted for the white glass finish with blue flame effect. It was also important to ensure the fire was the correct size for the open plan area. Luckily, the Gazco Radiance range comes in three different sizes, allowing me to offer the client a fire that would fit the space perfectly.
The Clients now have a lovely fully refurbished home, inside and out, which fits perfectly with their lifestyle and adds value to their home.
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