Free Flow hazel and antony Mor­gan in­tro­duced open-plan spa­ces that make home life bet­ter for them, their daugh­ter, and henry the Bri­tish Bull­dog

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‘When we bought the prop­erty it was with the in­ten­tion of mod­ernising it,’ says Hazel. ‘We loved the area, the ter­raced style, the height of the ceil­ings and so on – but the prop­erty had pretty much the same lay­out from back when it was first built. It was dated in terms of dec­o­ra­tion and fix­tures and fit­tings, as well as hav­ing a funny lit­tle lean-to at the back, which housed a 1980s-style toi­let and was used as a util­ity room, too. Some rooms were quite dark and the flow of the house just didn’t work for us as a fam­ily.

‘The sit­ting room/liv­ing area was split into two, and the din­ing room and kitchen were also sep­a­rate, which meant the main spa­ces weren’t be­ing used ef­fi­ciently. We wanted to open out each of these ar­eas to cre­ate large so­cial spa­ces and en­cour­age as much light through­out the house as pos­si­ble, as well as easy ac­cess to the gar­den.

‘At the back of the house, the open­plan lay­out means we have lots of space for our two-year-old – and our dog – to play and run around in. It also means we can keep an eye on her when she’s play­ing in the gar­den.

‘We had orig­i­nally planned on keep­ing two dif­fer­ent lev­els in the kitchen so that there was a step down into the din­ing area, which would cre­ate a nat­u­ral di­vi­sion be­tween the two. How­ever, Richard from ar­chi­tects Archea sug­gested we could do this through the in­tro­duc­tion of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als – the blue panelling – which we think works and means the room flows in a much bet­ter way.

‘We now have lots more space so we can have play dates for our daugh­ter and her friends, have friends over for din­ner or bar­be­cues and also have fam­ily to stay.’ Cost and Con­tacts Pro­ject cost £80,000 ar­chi­tect archea, 020 7249 1206, archea.co

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