Number One Mortgages
Project type: FULL SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN. COLLABORATION.
Project steps: ALL:
- Briefing and site visit
- Interior design concept
- Design development and sourcing
- Detail drawings and specification
- Trade liaison
- Designer on site
- Client binder
- Shopfront design and planning application liaison (including signage)
I was invited to meet Kevin Dunks and team to discuss a possible new office. I found them working hard in a cosy summerhouse in the garden of Kevin’s house. All appointments for their mortgage customers happened in client’s homes so they had no visitors. Kevin had made the space comfortable for the team to work in but problems where starting to show; time was clocking up travelling to clients and there really was no space any more to expand for new team members or for more storage. The business has a strong presence online but it was time to be seen on the High Street too.
Kevin had recently bought a prominent but not very well maintained retail unit on Brighton Road in Shoreham-by-Sea. It was two shops knocked into one and he planned to convert it back to two and extend to the rear of one. So with builder Bob Leach (Bob Leach Building & Plastering Services), Kevin and I planned how to phase the project so he and team could temporarily move in to one completed unit while the more involved building work of the extension happened in the unit where the permanent office would be.
The space was designed to be open plan and for the client’s journey to flow well through the building – a waiting area and then to lead to the meeting rooms. The existing branding by Star Deluxe transposed beautifully onto the building in the form of illuminated external signage, decals and artwork. The two phases went well and Kevin and team – which includes new members AND Molly the dog and the gorgeous branded Vespa – fit perfectly with some room to spare.
We even managed to achieve some eco credentials along the way:
- Refinished the existing shopfront instead of replacing it
- 40% recycled content, fully recyclable herringbone flooring
- Water saving WC
- 100% low energy lighting
- Eco-friendly, vegan/cruelty free paint – with minimal VOC content
- Kitchen & office furniture made from very low formaldehyde FSC certified board
- Reused task seating from previous office