Horsham’s wellness, therapy and corrective exercise centre

Creating our facility in just 12 days

Sarah Dover-McCarthy had been treating in Horsham in a small practice in New Street since 2001. She had built a loyal client base and also ran classes in various different locations in Horsham, however was keen to bring this all under one roof.

It was a long search to find the right premises, however in February 2012 Denee Parade came available. It was an old engineering firm, and therefore was very much bare bones with concrete floors and breeze-blocked walls. Over a period of just two weeks it was rewired, reconstructed, decorated, and fitted. Sarah and Dom completed much of this work themselves, and what you see now is as a result of that somewhat frantic and exciting fortnight.

Since that time, in 2014 we took on the premises next door to build further treatment capacity, and in late 2016 modified upstairs to provide a second studio. They say that a picture tells a thousand words, so please take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of the journey we've been on.

A little bit of sketching - making a plan.

Day one - let's do this!

Sarah's room when we moved in. Not especially cosy.

Seperating some space. Building a wall to create Sarah's room and the cloakroom.

Upstairs - One big space.

Upstairs - just one big open space.

Upstairs - just one big open space.

Upstairs open space - original second treatment room, now part of studio two.

Sarah wonders whether she's made a dreadful mistake.

Upstairs when it was all just one big space. Sarah shares the vision.

Upstairs. Just one big open space.

Reception area, day two. Might need a tidy.

Reception area, day one. What have we let ourselves in for?!

Building walls upstairs to create the studio spaces.

Clever men doing clever things with electrics.

The wall is up, the floor is down. Sarah takes a brief moment.

So. Many. Radiators. To. Paint!

Reinforcements are called in. Uschi takes to the paint roller.

At the end of a long day when we thought it would never end.

Upstaris horrors. A clear indication of why you should clean as you go.

Dom disappears into the loft for a quick nap.

The main studio. Almost finished!

Sarah Dover-McCarthy. Expert at doing edges since 2012.

Great success. Upstairs treatment room two (now part our smaller studio) is finished!

Downstairs cloakroom - not especially welcoming. Needs a bit of work.

Downstairs cloakroom - let's do something with all of this power.

Stairwell - a million fiddly bits to decorate.

Reception area. Just carnage all round really as we start to get stuck in.

Reception area. Pretty much there.

Bob the skeleton just hangs around.

Studio One - almost there!

Studio one and Sarah. Tired, but proud.

Expanding into next door - there's a massage bed under there somewhere.

Expanding into next door - so much green paint!

Expanding into next door - front treatment room awaiting carpet.

Expanding into next door - Sarah takes to the scraper once again to finish the windows.

Second studio conversion - taking down the walls we'd put up four years previously!

Second studio conversion - the wall is down, and Dom's is WEARING that hat!

Building walls to create upstairs treatment rooms (now part of our small studio).

Second studio conversion - taking down the walls.