First engaged to renovate the rear of the home, the team and Arent & Pyke just weren’t happy with the overbearing entrance, so decided to sketch up a new arrival point. This impromptu idea sparked a re-work of the whole home. “It really came down to understanding the needs of the client. It’s often the case, people will say ‘I want this’ but when you speak more to them they realise that they want more or something different,” said Sarah-Jane Pyke, co-founder of Arent & Pyke.
According to Sarah-Jane, the entrance was heavily enclosed by the stairs – as if the staircase felt “too heavy for the house, imposing on everything you saw”. Immediately it made sense to the client and was a turning point in the project, changing the flow of the entire home. In the words of Sarah-Jane; “First impressions are very important – and the stairs are now your first impression when entering the home. It’s really welcoming; spacious, light, and elegant and wasn’t any of those things before”. The staircase is particularly special in this project, as the manufacturer vowed to never repeat the ‘technically challenging task’ – a one-off custom element that truly represents the heart of this home.