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The Coach House by Design Storey

Large format 'Kast' porcelain tiles provide the perfect indoor-outdoor flooring solution for this contemporary project.


This listed former coach house, located in the centre of Chipping Campden, had been converted in the 1980s. Award-winning architecture practice, Design Storey, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, devised a bespoke solution to extend the property and reinstate the legibility of this historic building with a stylish, modern slant.

Two glass box structures improved the sense of space together with the property’s  connection with the outside. Former windows were punched through to create a series of doorways, allowing south-west light to flood into the existing spaces, deliberately differentiating these areas from the cosier spaces of the existing house. The minimal structure and slimline aluminium doors ensures that this new intervention is legible and distinct from the more robust and solid existing building. The limited material palette complements the Cotswold stone of the building whilst harking back to its industrial roots.

Design Storey and their clients worked closely with our Cheltenham team to select flooring that would be both aesthetically in keeping with the space, practical and offer longevity. Our ‘Kast’ porcelain tile range subtly mimics a concrete floor, is available in large format sizes and offers both 10mm and 20mm thickness options; perfect for taking the inside-out. The ‘light grey’ shade option provides a pale, neutral backdrop whilst still providing enough interest and variation.

Lydia Robinson, Creative Director at Design Storey, outlines her choice for this material

“The Mandarin Stone ‘Kast’ proved an ideal choice for this project as it provided a seamless transition from the inside of the new dining room to the outside terrace.’ When the sliding doors are open , the flooring unifies the two spaces, giving the illusion of one single room and truly bringing the outside in. The concrete colour complements the material palette of handmade brick, zinc and the existing Cotswold stone of the Coach House.”

Our ‘Kast’ concrete-effect porcelain tile range can be viewed here.

Information on Design Storey Architects can be found here.