13th September 2023 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn This week’s instalment of the Project of the Week series features a joyful family home design by 2023 SBID Awards Finalist, AMC Design. AMC Design was commissioned to create and design a space for a growing family. The design brief was a combination of function and flexible living within the beautiful bones of this historical property, bringing out the family’s personality with colour and pattern, and making the space joyful, child friendly and stylish. AMC Design ’s ethos is to do a house once and do it right. SBID Awards Category: Residential Budget Up To £50,000 Practice: AMC Design Project: St John’s House Location: Leeds, United Kingdom AMC Design - St John’s House What was the client’s brief? The main focus of this project was to create more space for a growing family, by extending the living area via a loft conversion. AMC Design’s ethos is to do a house once and do it right – leaving space for a family to grow. The design brief was a combination of function, flexible living within the beautiful bones of this historical property. The family expressed their interest in converting the loft space, which led to the creation of two further bedrooms, an office, bathroom and playroom for their three children. The clients were drawn to neutral palates but were keen to add more colour and pattern, being brave with AMC Design’s guidance. AMC Design wanted to create a space that brought colour into their lives but didn’t take over. To make the space joyful and child friendly. It was also important that the space worked for them as a family of five and could accommodate visiting friends and family. AMC Design - St John’s House AMC Design - St John’s House What inspired the design of the project? A creative family, their excitement to bring colour and style into their traditional home was the main impetus for engaging AMC Design and really inspired the design of the project. Storage was the focus throughout, with the family highlighting the need for flexible, hidden space as key within the initial brief. The magic of the historic houses prevalent in the West Yorkshire area, of both Victorian and Edwardian heritage, is the abundance of nooks and crannies available in which bespoke storage can and was installed, to work for family life. From chimney breasts to recesses in attic bedroom eaves, practical and usable spaces were found throughout, adding function and form to this colourful redesign. With a young family comes different personalities, which we were keen to reflect in the throughout the home. The bold flair and true family personality is prevalent throughout the project, with colour and texture punctuating the airy and bright spaces. Throughout this iconic northern property, the magical combination of bright, sumptuous colours and textured bespoke cabinetry, in the context of this historical house, has created a functional and yet luxurious family home, which can be grown into and enjoyed for decades to come. AMC Design - St John’s House What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project? Without doubt, it was the ceiling height in the newly created third floor, loft conversion. With limited head room, we had to identify how best to use the space so it could be enjoyed by all members of the family. AMC Design - St John’s House What was your team’s highlight of the project? When we handed over the keys on completion of the project, the clients were really pleased and delighted to tell us how much they enjoyed the process. Over the following weeks, we received videos of the two youngest seeing their rooms for the first time, which was just wonderful. AMC Design - St John’s House Why did you enter the SBID Awards? The SBID Awards are a great celebration of global creativity and design, and we are very excited to be part of that. AMC Design - St John’s House What has being an Award Finalist meant to you and your business? To be an Award Finalist in the Residential Budget Up to £50,000 category is extremely exciting for myself and the wider team. We are competing with some very talented and creative designers, and we feel honoured to be considered against these titans of our industry. Ann Marie Cousins Founder of AMC Design Questions answered by Ann Marie Cousins, Founder of AMC Design. View the project We hope you feel inspired by this week’s design! If you missed the last instalment of Project of the Week, featuring a luxurious care home design by Catalyst Interiors, click here to read it.