‘Open-plan liv­ing has its chal­lenges!’

When they moved into this flat in a con­verted card­board fac­tory, Lisa Mistry and her hus­band Anand Pa­tel were lit­er­ally start­ing with a blank can­vas…

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“We’ll be host­ing Christ­mas for the first time this year – now we have a din­ing table that’s big enough!”

After out­grow­ing their last home, Lisa Mistry and her hus­band Anand were at­tracted to this flat, which was part of a con­verted card­board fac­tory in Manch­ester’s city cen­tre. De­spite the place need­ing some se­ri­ous work, the cou­ple bought it in June 2016 and de­vised a grand plan to give the lay­out an over­haul be­fore mov­ing in.

‘We fell in love with it be­cause of how much space it had, and its cen­tral lo­ca­tion,’ says Lisa, ‘but the lay­out was all wrong, the ceil­ings needed lights, the whole place needed rewiring, and the floor­ing had been ru­ined by stiletto marks and needed lev­el­ling.’

The large open-plan liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen space was ar­ranged over two lev­els, so the first job was to raise the floor and make it all one un­in­ter­rupted space. The kitchen was opened up and walls knocked down to en­large the sec­ond bed­room. ‘The project took a year to com­plete and we moved into my par­ents’ house when we re­alised how much needed do­ing – we lit­er­ally ripped the place apart!’ says Lisa. ‘We fi­nally moved back in Au­gust 2017 and I love that the liv­ing space is now com­pletely open plan. It’s so much lighter than be­fore and ex­tend­ing the kitchen into the liv­ing area has given us a break­fast bar – an­other place to eat.’

With the main build­ing work done, Lisa could turn her at­ten­tion to the decor. ‘We’ve split the main space into three and made each area as cosy as pos­si­ble,’ she says. ‘My style is very much about clean lines and a sim­ple mono­chrome colour pal­ette. I love Scandi style, with lots of nat­u­ral tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als, so I’ve in­cor­po­rated con­crete and wood where I can. I cre­ated mood boards and found in­spi­ra­tion on In­sta­gram, where I’ve charted our home progress at @loft208.’

I take in­spi­ra­tion from my trav­els. I’ve re­cently been to Copen­hagen and loved the clean, sim­ple style there”

Stay true to your own style. Look­ing at too many Pin­ter­est boards con­fused me about what I liked”

“Plan­ning per­mis­sion took a long time, which be­came an is­sue be­cause we had al­ready ripped out most things in the flat! That was a bit of a mis­take, but we’ll know for next time…”

Take a quick tour...

Ground floor

Lisa Mistry, a bank man­ager, lives here with her hus­band Anand, an op­er­a­tional di­rec­tor for a prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany.

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GEO tiles THE PLAIN KITCHEN WOULD LOOK BLAND WITH­OUT THEM OAK CHOP­PING BOARDS GIVE THE MIN­I­MAL­IST KITCHEN A LIT­TLE WARMTH AND SOUL

Black rad STANDS OUTAS A DE­SIGN FEA­TURE AGAINST A WHITE WALL

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