PRO­FES­SIONAL AD­VICE

25 Beautiful Homes - - MEWS HOUSE -

‘Look at the bare ar­chi­tec­tural bones of the space and at what walls can be re­moved to cre­ate a larger scheme with more flow. For ex­am­ple, a large open-plan sit­ting, kitchen and din­ing room may work bet­ter than a series of poky rooms, but take pro­fes­sional ad­vice from a struc­tural en­gi­neer as to what’s fea­si­ble.

In­stall as many fea­ture win­dows and doors as pos­si­ble, in or­der to let in plenty of light. Con­sider re­plac­ing in­ter­nal doors with slid­ing pocket doors, or height­en­ing door­ways, as this will also give a grander sense of scale even if the ac­tual floor space is com­pact.

In small schemes, stor­age re­ally is key. Use a be­spoke join­ery com­pany to de­sign ev­ery inch of spare space into some­thing us­able, such as a ban­quette seat in the kitchen that has a lift-up lid to pro­vide stor­age un­der­neath. Build book­shelves and wardrobes right up to the ceil­ing, to store items you don’t need to ac­cess all the time. Un­der-stair space can be con­verted into an of­fice area. Al­ter­na­tively, a small cloak­room can be in­stalled in this space.

To cre­ate a stream­lined look, paint cabi­nets and wardrobes in the same colour as the walls as this will make the space look larger. If you have a gar­den, think about build­ing a home of­fice to make an ex­tra room.’ Ali­son Tev­erini, MILWARD TEV­ERINI

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