Reconfigure Your Home – Getting Started

It can be daunting to try to imagine how the layout of your home can be improved.  It’s easy to get stuck, assuming your rooms need to stay the same shape and size or be used for their existing purpose.

We’ve worked with several clients whose home configuration didn’t quite work so here are some…

Top tips to making the most of your space-

  • Draw up a floor plan (bird’s eye view) of each floor
  • Don’t label the rooms!
  • Consider which areas get the best light
  • Consider any major restrictions:
    • where is the main soil pipe (for bathroom drainage) in the building?
    • are there any walls you know are structural?
  • Consider what you really want for your home – more bedrooms/ a study/ an enlarged kitchen? Look at the sizes and shapes of the rooms and imagine different uses for them:
    • would the kitchen work as a bedroom?
    • could a bedroom become a living room?
    • can you tuck an extra shower room into an under-stair space?
    • could you move the boiler/ hot water cylinder to a less useable space, and free up the resulting area for extra storage/ to extend into an adjoining room?

Example-

  • We helped one client reconfigure a small flat to meet their needs and use all available space efficiently.  We:
  • converted an under-used store cupboard into a shower room, transformed a tired bathroom into a compact but user-friendly kitchen
  • widened the doorway on a boiler cupboard so allow a washing machine to be installed, and moved the boiler to a more convenient location.
  • created a spacious, multi-use living area
  • worked out a comfortable bedroom layout that incorporated plenty of storage

 

In London terraced houses, it’s often possible to reclaim an under-pavement vault or coal hole as useable space – we’ve turned them into utility rooms, bathrooms, playrooms, wine cellars, even a bedroom.

Issues to be aware of – you might need:

  • Party Wall Act consents if your work affects neighbours’ walls or foundations
  • Landlord consent if your property is leasehold
  • Planning permission if the work is external
  • Listed Building Consent if it’s a listed building.
  • Building Control certification if the work is structural or involves changes to drainage, electrics, gas, access, etc.

Organising renovations from start to finish is what we do – we’ll be delighted to discuss your potential or ongoing renovation, please contact us