BRIGHT and Contemporary
the ground floor of the townhouse where tim Playle and children Jasper, 10, and austin, nine, live was cramped and under-used
‘This is a 1950s townhouse that originally had a large garage on the right as you came in, and a downstairs toilet on the left,’ says Tim. ‘The rest of the downstairs consisted of a hallway through to a tired dining room behind the garage with old patio doors to the garden at the rear, and through an archway to a kitchen and utility.
‘The kitchen had a dividing wall through to the utility that just made both rooms small. The garage was far too big, and there was a wall across the back of the stairs that closed the space
up even further. In general, it just wasn’t a good entertaining space.
‘The best solution was to take 10 feet from the garage and remove the wall next to the stairs and the utility to create a more airy feel and add a snug for me and the kids to relax in. We’d also have a large dining room to entertain in, eat with the kids and do homework, and a big kitchen.
‘Due to budget constraints we settled on a layout that didn’t involve removing any structural walls so the price was kept to a minimum without compromising on look and feel.
‘The downstairs now feels so contemporary. It’s a bright space that’s a really nice place to be in, and the kids love spending time in it. We replaced the back door with a new large patio door, which is rarely closed in the summer, so the outside really is part of the inside. For the kids, me, and my friends, it’s a lovely space that works on so many levels.’ Cost and Contacts Project cost £50,000
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