Wel­come to my home

Ideal Home (UK) - - Real Home -

Lucy and David Houl­ton knew this house was ex­actly what they wanted as soon as they stepped in­side. ‘Ev­ery room felt spa­cious and – most im­por­tant of all – each one had the po­ten­tial to be in­cred­i­bly light,’ ex­plains Lucy. ‘How­ever, the kitchen was tucked away in the dark base­ment, there was a kitch­enette in a bed­room, the dé­cor through­out was quite dingy and ev­ery room needed up­dat­ing. There was also a vast loft cry­ing out for con­ver­sion. Our vi­sion was to re­or­gan­ise the space and cre­ate a co­he­sive dec­o­ra­tive scheme that would make the house feel brighter, mod­ern and wel­com­ing.’

A builder started work the day they moved in. Within a few months, the loft ex­ten­sion was com­pleted; the kitchen was moved from the base­ment room to the front of the orig­i­nal through-liv­ing room to cre­ate an open-plan, fam­ily-friendly space; and the for­mer kitchen’s roof was raised and dou­ble doors in­stalled in place of a nar­row win­dow to trans­form it into a bright TV room that’s now con­nected to the gar­den.

‘We had to dig down to ac­com­mo­date the new doors in the TV room,’ says Lucy. ‘It was back-break­ing work, but worth it, as this room now has the same in­doorout­door feel as our main liv­ing room and is re­ally light.’

Once the struc­tural work was all over and done with, Lucy and David ap­proached the dé­cor with a view to en­hanc­ing the feel­ing of space. ‘To help us get used to the dif­fer­ent light lev­els in each room, and as a start­ing point for cre­at­ing a co­he­sive scheme, we be­gan by paint­ing ev­ery room white and by rip­ping up the car­pets, strip­ping back the floor­boards and hav­ing them lime-washed,’ says Lucy. ‘The over­all ef­fect is a fam­ily home that just in­vites you to un­wind.’

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