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Stylish ideas for a smaller foot­print.

fur­ni­ture brands, Richard Mu­nao of Cult and wife Lisa ren­o­vated their in­ner-city 1890s house, two doors from his show­room, in a break­neck three and a half months. cult­de­ How did you re­solve the chal­lenges of the space? The ground-floor ex­ten­sion which had been added in the 70s was a bit of a shanty. It housed the kitchen whose view of the back­yard was blocked by a bath­room. We de­cided to de­mol­ish it and add a new two­s­torey ad­di­tion with an airy fam­ily room be­low and a mas­ter suite above. The main chal­lenge was that it could only be 3.2 me­tres wide. How did you max­imise the sense of space? We wanted to cre­ate as much open­ness as pos­si­ble. Glass lou­vres were in­stalled to pro­vide cross ven­ti­la­tion and a huge pivot door in­te­grated into the back fa­cade. We wanted to be able to sit and look out a big pic­ture win­dow. It took six guys to get it in here and it was the thing on which we had to spend the most time be­cause we were re­ally test­ing the bound­aries. The door is 2.5 me­tres wide and 2.67 me­tres high. How would you de­scribe the com­pleted in­te­rior? We wanted to re­spect the orig­i­nal part of the house. In the li­brary we ex­posed the orig­i­nal brick chimm­ney­breast, and we re­tained the old stair­case – although as the tim­ber was not very at­trac­tive we painted it pale blue, in­spired by a bou­tique ho­tel where we had stayed in Turkey. We were adamant about get­ting the de­tails right – for the kitchen walls, we tried out six dif­fer­ent shades of white. For the fur­nish­ings we mixed pieces we al­ready owned, such as the Hans J. Weg­ner din­ing chairs, with selections from the Cult brands. Are you happy with how the house turned out? We’ve al­ways dreamed of ren­o­vat­ing a ter­race. The idea of keep­ing the old and adding some­thing new re­ally ap­pealed. Af ter years of liv­ing in an apart­ment it’s won­der­ful to be able to step di­rectly out­side and hang clothes on the line or have a bar­be­cue in the back­yard.

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