Three more rooms with 21st-cen­tury ap­peal

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HOME GYM The trend for home gyms has risen along­side the trend for mega-base­ments in London, but you don’t need to be su­per-wealthy to have one. You do, how­ever, need a spare room – gym equip­ment not be­ing easy on the eye, it re­quires hid­ing away – and you should be re­al­is­tic about your goals. Buy only es­sen­tials to start with, build­ing your col­lec­tion grad­u­ally. And in­stall proper floor mats (try gym­flooringuk.co.uk). MED­I­TA­TION ROOM This doesn’t, strictly speak­ing, have to be a whole room – it could just be an area of your home that you ded­i­cate ex­clu­sively to quiet time and con­tem­pla­tion. It’s es­sen­tial that the space is free of clut­ter and away from any hub­bub; apart from that, all you need is com­fort­able seat­ing and per­haps some­thing to play rest­ful mu­sic on. AIR­ING CUP­BOARD Th­ese spa­ces are in­valu­able when the damp Bri­tish cli­mate doesn’t per­mit linens to be air-dried on a wash­ing line. If your home doesn’t have one, in­stall one in a ‘dead space’ – such as un­der stairs – and add Ikea’s ‘He­jne’ slat­ted shelves (£5 for two; ikea.com) so that air can cir­cu­late. In­stall a slim­line eco heater with a ther­mo­stat to speed up dry­ing.

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