Journal

Welcome to our journal. Here you’ll find ideas, inspiration and Q&As covering all aspects of kitchen and bedroom design, as well as our latest real homes projects.


The Quarry House

The Quarry House

Originally built as a cottage over 100 years ago, The Quarry House was beautifully extended and renovated into a substantial family home between 2016 – 2018. The stunning property is nestled in expansive grounds in the side of a working quarry and enjoys extensive views over the West Yorkshire countryside. Built using impressive Yorkshire stone from the quarry itself, the house seamlessly blends old and new to deliver an impressive piece of architecture.

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Are kitchen islands a good idea? How do I know if I have enough space?

Are kitchen islands a good idea? How do I know if I have enough space?

If we had to name one design feature that only continues to increase in popularity as part of a kitchen design and layout, it’s the island. Many of our clients request one as part of their new kitchen design and its easy to understand why – an island is such a great way to increase both counter and storage space and can be used to replace long runs of cabinetry as part of a more open-plan kitchen design.

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Are bespoke fitted wardrobes worth it?

Are bespoke fitted wardrobes worth it?

Here at Daval, our heritage lies in creating bespoke fitted wardrobes that are completely tailored to each of our clients’ requirements so they can have the wardrobes they really want, without ever having to compromise.

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The Old Stable Block

The Old Stable Block

Set back and nestled down a private country lane, this stunning home was originally built in 1998 as a stable block for the adjacent property. Originally with planning for a one-bedroom bungalow, our client has since extended upwards to create a stunning, four-bedroom family home set across two stories with beautiful views, with feature oak beams throughout that give a characterful nod to the building’s heritage.

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How to plan a new kitchen layout: 5 top tips

How to plan a new kitchen layout: 5 top tips

A recent report by money.co.uk found UK homeowners have invested an average of £4,035 each on home renovations since the UK lockdown began in March 2020. When it comes to investment, a new kitchen is one of the most significant purchases you’ll make for your home, so there are lots to think about to make sure you get it right!

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Open plan ‘kitchen for dancing’ in 1960s home

Open plan ‘kitchen for dancing’ in 1960s home

Our client’s home is a 1960s-built detached property nestled in the bustling village of Almondbury, West Yorkshire. They recently chose to extend their kitchen to create a stunning, open plan living and dining area – with plenty of space for dancing being a top priority for the design! With large bi-folding doors leading out to an immaculate garden, the kitchen needed to achieve a light and airy feel to bring the outside in – and of course, leave with plenty of room for partying!

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Practical ‘bootility room’ for 17th century countryside home

Practical ‘bootility room’ for 17th century countryside home

Nestled high up in the Yorkshire countryside on the edge of the Pennine Way and enjoying stunning 360 degree views, our client’s 17th century Georgian property is a truly stunning home. With a small standalone outhouse at the rear of the house, our clients decided they wanted to transform the space into a functional ‘bootility’ room to house a washing machine, walking gear and a shower for the family dog.

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Daval Partners: Andrew and Marie Pope of Spaces by Design, Stamford

Daval Partners: Andrew and Marie Pope of Spaces by Design, Stamford

As a family-run company committed to supporting local businesses, we’re pleased that our network of Design Partners each remain independent experts in their field and have chosen Daval as a brand they love. We have more than 100 Design Partners based in showrooms across the UK, all bringing to life bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, home offices and living spaces for people like you.

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Bedroom trends for 2021

Bedroom trends for 2021

Looking for some bedroom design inspiration? Perhaps you’re planning a bedroom overhaul and don’t know where to start? Then read on as we catch up with Daval’s Creative Director, James Bodsworth, to discuss the bedroom trends to look out for this year.

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2021 kitchen trends with creative director, James Bodsworth

2021 kitchen trends with creative director, James Bodsworth

As the saying goes, ‘life imitates art more than art imitates life’. But, when it comes to kitchen design, it might just be the other way around. As more of us begin to design multi-functional kitchens influenced by the lives we lead, our Creative Director, James, shares his thoughts about the 2021 trends that will influence how our kitchens look into the year ahead and beyond.

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