We have just bought a 1930’s semi in the Portsmouth area. The interior is a bit dated with a lot of awkward spaces. The conservatory is too hot in the summer and cold in the winter and some rooms are very dark.
We hired Elaine & Gary to redesign the complete downstairs to: make it fit for modern living; make the most of the space available and address the key issues with the current design.
Gary & Elaine were fantastic to work with, very professional and experienced, and full of amazing ideas. They very quickly understood our requirements and delivered a design. I must say the designs were wonderful, brimming with fantastic ideas and they went way beyond our expectations.
They have recommended contractors to work and we now look to turn the plans to reality.
I would recommend Gary & Elaine looking to improve your living environment.
We first contacted Walk Interior Architecture and Design in 2014 when we were part way through our self build project and found that we were suffering from ‘decision paralysis’. Elaine and Gary had been recommended by a friend and thank goodness we found them. Although the main structure of our build was complete and watertight, we knew that the house did not flow as we would have liked and needed help to progress with the interior layout.
I was quite apprehensive at our first meeting having watched far too many TV Makeover shows but Elaine couldn’t have been further from the Design Diva I was expecting. I immediately knew that Walk would be the key to us completing our home.
Elaine and Gary created wonderful designs which included moving interior walls and doors which had only just been constructed…. but sometimes you need to take a step back to make a leap forward!
Creating our home has been quite a journey but we were delighted with the designs which captured our likes and needs perfectly. Transforming the beautifully drawn designs from the page into reality has been very exciting. Building a house is a huge undertaking and without Elaine and Gary’s help we would have made some very costly design mistakes. Whether it’s help with redesigning a room or an entire house, I can’t recommend Walk enough.
This was the second time I have worked with Gary and Elaine and the second time was as good as the first. They really do listen to you when they take the project brief which means that the plans they produce meet your needs but they also are creative solutions which means you are getting the best of your property and investment. Elaine and Gary always meet their deadlines and deliver on time. They also saved us money in a number of areas especially at the stage of planning/building the extension.
Elaine and Gary were approached just as extension works were about to begin. Despite the tight timescales, the plans were completed, discussed and implemented on schedule.
Elaine's knowledge of local suppliers is extensive, plus her eye for detail is absolutely second to none.
Two years on, I can truely say the enjoyment we get from the kitchen/living space designed by Gary and Elaine was worth every penny of the design fee.
Elaine and Gary have been indispensable to us in 2 large projects we've undertaken. The latest is Shortwood Barn which has been selected for key design periodicals and we're delighted with the contemporary design and modern feel they have created.
The first project was to accentuate and highlight some stunning features that existed in an old stone cow barn we now live in. Really liked the way they explored ideas with us to get to optimal designs in both cases.
We strongly recommend them for their ideas, delivery and professionalism.
Great job as Helena said, really pleased with the result. We chose you because we liked your work and have not been disappointed.
Really impressed with the design and ideas, we’ve just gone through them again, a lot to take in!
Fantastic designs. We have been spending the weekend looking at them and over all really love everything that you have done.
Just a very quick email to say how impressed we were with your presentation yesterday. All of us were very pleased with your recommendations and are keen, with-in reason to implement them.
First viewing… Full asking price… On market for less than 24 hours… Just shows what a designers touch can do!!!
What more can I say, everything is spot on. We are both so impressed with your organisational skills, colours, fabrics, style & details etc etc I could go on & on. Thank you for everything.
Thank you both very much. Yes, very pleased with the thought/practicality and vision of the plans
Two things that spring to mind... Perfect and Thank you! We both absolutely love the room.
Great presentation last night, thanks very much. Some really innovative solutions and a lot to take in!
It’s all looking wonderful – we will be sipping champagne in our new surroundings this evening!
OMG they are fabulous - you really captured us! Emmy loves her room! Just had a look at some more - they are really brilliant!!!!
Once again, thank you for your help and support with this small project and we would have no hesitation in recommending your professional services in the future.
Many thanks to Elaine for her presentation. It was inspiring, and the feature ‘TV / Fire’ wall particularly pleased / impressed me. I think we can achieve something pretty spectacular here!
Walk have provided ideas for us on three occasions for our house extension & remodel. Most recently they provided some inspirational designs for our open plan Kitchen/Living/Dining space including colour scheme, kitchen layout and furnishings.
Many thanks for organizing the excellent job on the apartment!
MUCH better than I anticipated and expected, and a lot more civilized than what I have been tolerating for the last 4 years!
Gave Elaine and Gary a brief of 'Art Deco Glam' for our new home in a period property. So delighted with the designs they came back with, they really captured the brief! Currently getting estimates, schedules etc. with work starting in the new year. Can't wait to bring Elaine and Gary's designs into reality!
I just wanted to thank you and Elaine for the work so far, I am definitely excited by the possibilities and look forward to finding the way to proceed!
Thank you very much for the plans and further email input - I have had time now to get my head around the kitchen (Nickie was already there) and it looks like a great plan!
We are hopeful, budgets willing, to run with the whole thing - which is quite something!
I gave Elaine and Gary a free hand in the interior design. I am extremely pleased with their work. Have to admit that I am far from an expert in interior design. However the quality of the work was excellent and all of the tradesman were reliable. Did well with the budget; only overspending where I got carried away!!!
Overall I am very happy with what was done; the house is 10 times better and everyone who has seen it has been very impressed. Would not hesitate in recommending them.
Thanks again to the Walk team.
The colour schemes and layout ideas really made the best use of space and light through out the house.
All the fabrics and decorations worked really well together - I'm pleased I took it all the way and glad that I followed up my Mum's recommendation to use you and look forward to using your services again in the future!
I have been meaning to thank both of you for a fantastic job. It really has turned out better than I had hoped!
Both Marie and I are very impressed with what is being proposed and your professionalism.
… I guess the biggest positive is there is no way we would have come up with this idea left to our own devices. Whether the floor tile ends up being beige or smoked beige isn’t the big deal, it’s getting that big idea right in the first place which I think has been achieved. We’re just looking forward to getting it underway now as soon as we can.
I was impressed with the amount of design decisions that where made that we really liked. I’d say on the entire ground floor about 90% of it could be signed off straight away which is great. You listened to our brief and gave us what we wanted – even though we didn’t actually know what we wanted – so well done :)
The entire thing was a very positive experience. It’s VERY rare we’re on the receiving end of a pitch, so we weren’t sure what to expect – but I’m pleased we went down this route and didn’t just try to hash something out on our own. Left to our own devices we would have come up with a poorer solution for sure.Other than that, job done for now, we’ll of course be in touch soon, but thanks for all of your work and presentation. It was cool and very worthwhile. Kind regards
I first met Elaine Walker when I interviewed her for a programme called Home for Meridian Broadcasting which I presented six years ago. Elaine was one of ten designers I met, but she was the one I chose to work with when it came to re-designing my own home.
What continues to impress me about Elaine is that she spends time with clients before the design, she listens intently and is very perceptive to how homes are used. Both Elaine and Gary work efficiently, creatively and to budget. As designers, they do not impose their own taste on clients, but work well with other suppliers, such as carpenters, builders and plumbers to take as much pain as possible out of major projects.
Above all, Elaine and Gary are committed to achieving a good result for clients and we have had endless comments about the work they have done for us so far. I continue to use Walk Interior Design both for home and business designs, and happily recommend them to friends as they have a unique combination of creative flair backed up by structural know-how.