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Author: Paula Robinson

If visualising in 3D proves difficult, get a kit which helps you create a scale layout of your room to test different configurations and solutions. Try out www.modelrooms.com

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 The Sunday Telegraph: The Room Planner: Side ExtensionsHome and Living, Sunday Telegraph

Home & Living, 3rd Sept, 2006.

Author: Paula Robinson

Side extensions to terrace properties offer much needed additional floor space, but many look like after-thoughts instead of blending seamlessly with the whole. Living with them and making them work can be quite a challenge.

Most contemporary extensions are designed to maximize the sence of space and open-plan living. Concealed structural beams and camouflaged structural pillars make this possible, with no hint of the original layout.

If your extension is more of a carbuncle that an asset, consider your options carefully. First, call in a structural engineer to discuss the possibility of removing retaining walls and replacing them with structural supports. Be prepared for major upheaval and cost, but remember the result should be more than worth it.

If you decide to live with an exsisting structure, take a fresh look at the best use of the space. This may also involve changing the layout of the rest of your home. Choose a function for the extension that is well suited both to its shape and position, maybe a kitchen, library or office.

Try to disguise the thickness of the wall that divides the extension from the rest of the home. Depending on the use of each of the adjoining rooms, consider either a wall of bookshelves above and around the entrance to disguise theretaining wall, or a pair of reclaimed wrought-iron gates with two tall plants flanking the entrance to create the sence of walking into a garden room.

The extension itself often feels like a transition space: a wide corridor leading from the main house to the garden or patio outside. This can be disconcerting when you use the area for sitting and relaxing. Minimise the corridor effect by placingsome furniture perpendicular to the walls. This devides the space discreetly and creates different areas of activity. Arrange sofas and chairs in cosy, convivial configurations, never parallel to the extension's two long walls, or it will feel like a waiting room.

Optical illusions can make the extension appear wider than it actually is. Mirroring the main wall from floor to ceiling is always effective, especially as it increases the amount of natural light. Alternatively, line this wall with floor-to-ceiling narrow bookshelves and mirror the backs of each (or some) of the boxes. This creates an illusion of depth and the sence of an open space beyond the bookshelves. If you have a sizeable collection of interesting objects rather than books, this is an excellent solution.

If part of your extension includes a second floor, you may find this restricted space even harder to deal with. When it is not feasible to open up the space, consider using the area as a bathroom, dressing room, baby's room or a small gym.

Visualizing the many possibilities for transforming your extension can be difficult. Consider getting a planning kit that helps you create a scale layout of the space. You can test out different configurations and decide what works best.

Useful Contacts

Layout Kits Model Rooms; 0845 4565886 www.modelrooms.com

 

Homebuilding and Renovating Room Planning For DummiesHome Build and Renovate Magazine

If youre not computer literate enough to tackle a CAD package to design your house's room layouts, why not literally go back to the drawing board with this magnetic home planner kit?

Modelrooms is easy to use and hassle free, if not a little basic. each kit contains two A4-sized magnetic grid boards and set-to-scale pieces, including furniture, appliances, doors, walls, stairs and windows. At £49 it's cheaper than an interior designer. Tel: 0845 456 5886 www.modelrooms.com

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Selfbuild Magazine Boxing CleverSelfbuild: Extend and Renovate Magazine: Autumn 2006

Visualising how a room will lookor function is a tricky business; often the reality is very different to what you imagined. If you are about to plunge into the unknown at considerable expense, it might be an idea to hold fire until you have a look at how Modelrooms can help. They have just launched a kit that enables you to create an accurate room plan within minutes of opening the box, something which could normally take hours, even for a professional. Checking that all the furniture will fit and leave space for you, the best side to hang a door on - these are all really critical features to get it right.

Each home design kit contains boards that can be joined to give up to 140Msq of floor area, magnetic walls, windows, doors and hundreds of pieces of furniture. The system is modular and available as a complete house kit or in individual rooms. You don't need to be Michelangelo either as no drawing skills are needed, just imagination!

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Irish Independent Living space the way you want itModelrooms Irish Independent Article

Property Section, Friday, 17th March, 2006,

Author: Roisin O'Hea

With the first SSIAs maturing next month, lots of home owners will be looking to spend on house improvements and adding value to their homes, ROISIN O'HEA reports

If you're thinking of remodelling your kitchen, planning an extension or attic conversion, or maybe redisigning your living room or bathroom, the fun starts here. It can be a daunting experience, just even thinking about where to start, so a new product which has just been launched this week may give you the much needed push to get you on your way.

Modelrooms, created by Katie Galvin, is an innovative first-of-its-kind product on the Irish and UK markets. Aimed at householders who want to change rooms or remodel their living space, modelrooms is an easy to use planning kit, which can help them interpret their house plans and get the design they want.

Having spent 15 years presenting architect's design plans for corporate and private clients, Katie was constantly approached by householders to produce custom models of their house designs, only to realise that these were quite costly.

She decided to look for a solution that would give homeowners the benifit of a design plan but without the high cost, and immediately got to work on prototypes.

Engaging friends, family and architect customers, Katie discovered she could use magnetised pieces and a metal base and - eureka - modelrooms was born!

One of her willing 'guinea pigs' was her older brother Tom who, along with his partner Geraldine, were looking to extend and remodel the living area of a period house they had recently bought.

 The house originally contained a small galley and dining room measuring only 9' x 6' and 9' x 12' respectively. They wished to extend and remodel these two rooms into one much larger open plan area measuring 18' x 28', somewhere where cooking, entertaining, playing and relaxing could all happen in one space.

 Their home in Dun Laoghaire became Katie's second home as she got to work with prototypes and using the modelrooms kit concept to interpret Tom and Geraldine's design ideas. The clean lines and simplicity they desired became easy to shape with the help of the kit. It worked - and they were able to hand over their ideal room plans to an architect, rather than an architect coming back to him with lots of variations. Tom Galvin said "The modelrooms kit concept meant we could sit down at our own leisure and play around with ideas, and change them as often as we wanted, until we found my desired room plan. It's a great way to learn about house plans, with its easy to use fun method."

Modelrooms consists of an easy to use box kit with magnetic boards, magnetised scale pieces (includind set-to-scale furniture, appliances, doors windows, stairs, wallsetc) that can be used to create your room plan. You can move pieces around as often as you wish to get the desired room format and even use the 'inspiration cards' included which can help with ideas for room and space planning.

The beauty of modelrooms is the ease with which it allows you to share your ideas for your rooms with other people. it also allows yo to easily create many different design options, make copies and draw comparisons.

Once you have your room plan in place, you can take this to a kitchen or bathroom sales company, an interior designer or an architect, and show them exactly what way you want your room to work out.

Katie Galvin said "Plans are generally difficult to interpret unless you are a qualified designer, architect, or builder. The modelrooms kit gives people the opportunity to create a clear room plan without any skill or training. It gives people the chance to put all their ideas in one place, and see for themselves what their rooms may looks like without having to trawl salesrooms amd hope that someone can interpret their dream design.

"By using the modelrooms kit, people can take control of their room design, and plan according to the space available and what pieces of furniture or appliances they have to consider"

Sunday Independent Now this is how you should design your homeModelrooms in Sunday Independent

 Sunday Independent, Property Section, Sunday, 2nd April, 2006

Author: Sinead Kelly 

This week Sinead Kelly, no stranger to the cat walk herself, advises you to design that home on Modelrooms Many people starting off with home renovations or indeed new house builds find it impossible to visualise the space in question.

The amount of times interior designers are called upon to rectify bad room designs is no joke. The client always explains the result of a poor room being down to the fact that they just couldn't see or imagine the room when they looked at the plans. So believe me, getting it right from the very beginning is in everyone's best interests. Interior designers cannot make a window dissappear or a room expand with just a wave of a magic wand!

The first skill an interior designer must master is that of drawing to scale. In layman's terms, a room is drawn on paper exactly as it is but exactly 25 times smaller. then everything you plan to put into it is also drawn 25 times smaller. So if a sofa is going to be too large for a room it will be alarmingly obvious from the drawing. If the kitchen is too full with units, this too will be seen from the scaled drawing. Most of the public would love to be able to do this but haven't the time to learn the technique; however thanks to a new Irish product, help is at hand. When I came across a new planning to scale kit called Modelrooms, I was sold straight away. Any product that helps people visualise space is a must-have for all business and indeed for all attempting to design or redesign a room/house.

Modelrooms is the brainchild of Katie Galvin, a graduate of the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design in 1993 and the College of Marketing and Design in 1989. Modelrooms is an innovative first-of-its-kind product on the Irish and UK market. Aimed at householders who want to change rooms or remodel their living space, Modelrooms is an easy-to-use planning kit, which can help get the project off to the right start.

Having spent 15 years presenting architect's design plans for corporate and private clients, Katie was constantly approached by householders to produce custom models of their house designs, only to realise that these were quite costly. Katie decided to look for a solution that would give homeowners the benifit of a design plan but without the high cost, and immediately got to work on prototypes.

Engaging friends, family and architect customers, Katie discovered she could use magnetised pieces and metal base and, eureka, Modelrooms was born! Modelrooms consists of an easy to use box kit with magnetic boards, magnetised scale pieces (includind set-to-scale furniture, appliances, doors windows, stairs, wallsetc) that can be used to create your room plan. You can move pieces around to get the desired room format, and even use the 'inspiration cards' included which can help with ideas for room and space planning.

The beauty of modelrooms is the ease with which it allows you to share your ideas for your rooms with other people. It also allows yo to easily create many different design options, make copies and draw comparisons. Once you have your room plan in place, you can take this to a kitchen or bathroom sales company, an interior designer or an architect, and show them exactly what way you want your room to work out.

"Plans are generally difficult to interpret unless you are a qualified designer, architect, or builder. The modelrooms kit gives people the opportunity to create a clear room plan without any skill or training.

"It gives people the chance to put all their ideas in one place, and see for themselves what their rooms may looks like without having to trawl salesrooms amd hope that someone can interpret their dream design." says Katie.

So if you are planning some wall knocking, furniture placement or house redisign over the Easter, wait until you have your room all planned to scale with Modelrooms - a bargain of a design kit at €79, available from www.modelrooms.com

 

Architects Choice Magazine Try before you buyArchitects Choice Magazine

December, 2006

Whether you want to make a small room look more spacious or design a kitchen that's both stylish and user-friendly - you want to get the most from your living space.

And help is now at hand from Modelrooms- an easy to use kit that helps you to visualise and design your living space. The first of its kind in the UK, Modelrooms is all you need to make your dream design a reality, without costing the earth.

Sarah Beeney, Property Developer and Presenter of Channel 4's Property Ladder, has described the kit as "genius". Each Kit contains two A4 sized magnetic boards and magnetised scale pieces including furniture, appliances, doors, walls, stairs and windows. They can be used to create a room plan for a bathroom, kitchen, livingrooms or bedroom and are suitable for designing the layout for an apartment or house with a floor area up to 140 square metres.

Modelrooms even takes care of those easy to overlook details. It includes pieces such as quarter circles which can be used to show the swing arc of a door and even has a selection of interior design cards with tips on lighting and circulation space. For further information, telephone Modelrooms on 0845 456 5886 or visit www.modelrooms.com