Smart Ways to Transform a Home Without Extending
Does your home feel cramped, dark or impractical? A clever layout tweak might be all that’s needed
A sloping garden made it difficult to extend this 1920s house, but Chris Jones at Jones Associates Architects found other ways to make the space work for the owners.
“We realised there was enough space in the existing house if we configured it in the right way,” he says.
The U-shaped kitchen was originally tucked into a recess, so he moved it towards the back to provide a better connection to the garden.
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The layout of this Victorian flat was slightly awkward, as the owners had to walk through the central living room to access all other areas of the property. This made it feel like a transitional space, rather than a comfortable living room.
Interior designer Emilie Fournet managed to make that central area more usable and cosy without undertaking any structural work.
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She also rejigged a bathroom and airing cupboard (hot press) to turn the space into a bathroom, en suite and utility cupboard. And to make a little more room in the bedrooms, she moved the doors right to the edges of the wall.
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In this Victorian flat, Daniel Rees of REES Architects used a simple trick to make the kitchen feel bigger.
He opened up the solid wall that divided the cookspace from the hallway with an internal window and glass door panels. The glazing brings in lots of light and creates the illusion of more space.
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A couple of key moves made the ground floor of this home flow more easily. The first involved the side door, which was originally located where the right-hand kitchen base units are now.
The two studwork nibs near the dining room were also impinging on the space, so Jessica removed them.
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