The reno plan

Your Home and Garden - - Your Home -

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.

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