‘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