The reno plan
It would be months before Katie could put her design skills into practice, however. Her first priority was to get the layout sorted and make the house liveable. It was a “very plain, run-down three-and-a-half-bedroom house” with an interior like a rabbit warren, so Katie opened it up by removing walls to make the living, dining and kitchen area into a single space. Then, to make better use of the living area, she flipped the kitchen and lounge around and changed the stand-alone laundry into a spacious combined scullery and laundry, hiding the whiteware out of sight. She also sacrificed the small fourth bedroom to create a wardrobe and ensuite for the master bedroom. Only then, once the layout was sorted, did Katie set to work reinstalling the classic touches you’d expect to see in a home of this era.