Cyncoed Rise, Cardiff

Harnessing light and space creates a stunning open-plan area to enjoy with family and friends
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The Problem

Our recently retired clients, Damien and Sali, wanted to create a space they could entertain in and, more importantly, bring the whole family together for special occasions.

The fragmented layout of their split-level home meant the rooms didn’t provide the right connection and flow, so most of the time they only used a fraction of the available space.

The Wishlist

The clients wanted to bring a better quality of light, an enhanced lifestyle and a higher-end finish to the house they’d originally built in the 1990s.

The kitchen was very important to them and they wanted to create a more relaxing and enjoyable space to cook in and entertain.

They also wanted to be able to enjoy more of the garden and fabulous view from the house and improve the access to their outdoor space.

Open Plan 2 - Cyncoed Rise, Cardiff - Bespoke Living AIC
Open Plan - Cyncoed Rise, Cardiff - Bespoke Living AIC

The Solution

While our client initially wanted to extend their home to create more space, through our consultation and live design session we were able to show them an alternative solution.

By opening up and merging three living spaces and extending the existing balcony, we highlighted how the project would more than exceed their brief, and avoid unnecessary construction work and costs.

Our solution created a contemporary open-plan space linking the front of the house to the rear, bringing in natural light, increasing the link to the outdoors and maximising the fantastic view.

The kitchen, dining and living area was zoned in this space through finishes, function and lighting.

The key architectural features include slimline triple sliding doors leading out onto the balcony and full-width extra height roof lights, flooding the space with natural light.

A uniform single-floor finish runs from the front of the property, through to the living spaces and external balcony to the rear, creating a clean and continuous flow.

Installing a Control 4 system to automate the sound, vision, lighting, and automatic curtains to shade the slimline doors, was an important factor in the success of the space.

The Results

From a series of disjointed spaces, the first floor of this home now delivers a large contemporary open-plan space, ideally suited for connected and effortless living.

With the kitchen area an essential part of our client's everyday life, for extra convenience we created a distinct breakfast area on one side of the bespoke large kitchen island.

Re-orienting the kitchen towards the balcony created a focal point and allowed our clients to enjoy the amazing view whilst dining with friends and family.

During this project, we worked with the client’s interior designer, Debbie Drew, to specify the interior finishes.

This project highlighted the importance of integrating architecture, interiors and construction, and was the catalyst for creating our own interiors team and forming Bespoke Living AIC - with a design philosophy based on collaboration.

Damien and Sali love their new space and the lifestyle this property delivers. The constant access to the view and valley beyond, and the increased natural light bring them joy all year round.

They’ve recommended us to several friends, who have been so impressed with their new space that one of our latest projects, ‘Cattwg Cottage’, was commissioned as a result.

Dining Table - Cyncoed Rise, Cardiff - Bespoke Living AIC

Our space now suits us perfectly

We could not be happier that we chose Bespoke Living AIC for our project and we now recommend them to everyone we know. Prior to contacting the Bespoke team, we felt our house just wasn’t working for us. We wanted a more contemporary open-plan space and thought that an extension was the solution. Brian and his team came up with several layout options that meant we didn’t have to extend. Their expert knowledge convinced us that by simply merging three rooms together and extending the existing balcony, we’d be provided with a fantastic open-plan living space. This is exactly what was achieved and their care, attention to detail and insight proved invaluable and saved us from making a costly mistake. Everything was managed in-house, from our initial live design session to the completion of building work on-site, which was professionally executed by the Bespoke Living construction team. The whole process was smooth, simple and hassle-free. We now have a space that suits us perfectly, so much so that we’re considering inviting Bespoke Living back to redesign another area of our home!

- Damien & Sali, Cardiff
Living Room - Cyncoed Rise, Cardiff - Bespoke Living AIC

The Process

From start to finish, we used our expertise and hands-on approach to successfully deliver a beautiful bespoke home to match our client’s taste and lifestyle.

  • Our live-design process was used to identify the optimum solution for the client’s needs
  • The clients immediately approved our efficient and effective solution to improve the space
  • Planning permission was granted without issue 
  • Our integrated approach provided seamless delivery of a new contemporary space
  • The space is now tailored to deliver effortless and enjoyable living and entertaining
  • The clients love the result and the difference it brings to time spent with family and friends

Partners We Worked With


Connecting smart devices to work in unison, Control4 deliver a truly intelligent smart home experience that makes life more convenient, safe, and enjoyable. Experts in making your everyday life easier and more flexible, through the clever integration of home automation, we’ve worked with Control4 on a variety of projects including Cyncoed Rise and Sheen Park.


Providing outstanding quality, Schuller kitchens are German designed and manufactured. With the belief that every kitchen can be perfectly planned to meet our clients individual requirements, they ensure that you feel at home in your kitchen day after day.


Karndean offer the very best in luxury vinyl tiles, with a quest to bring you exceptional floors that inspire and delight. They seek out expressive and intriguing forms in the natural world to influence their unique floor designs. By combining these original features with cutting-edge design, Karndean creates simply beautiful floors you’ll love. We worked with Karndean at our Cyncoed Rise project.