Why family homes have got bigger

At the turn of the last century the average family home had three bedrooms and one small bathroom, a narrow hall, a sitting room with a fireplace at the front and a small kitchen with separate dining room at the back.

As our lifestyles changed over the decades that followed, the original floor plan of these homes changed with some rooms being knocked into one space. Using the volume further with various small add-on’s in the form of a simple side lean-to, rear extension or a conservatory. As well as into the roof space with a loft conversion and turning the garage into an integrated play room or home office.

Increasing the space became more fully embraced by digging down to create a basement, adding an orangery, or removing the back of the property entirely and adding a contemporary ‘glass box’ with bi-folding doors, connecting with the garden, as well a pool-house and separate studio or annex.

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So how does the interior space cope with all this expansion?

Luxuries like supersized kitchens with open-plan dining area and a day lounge with a wood burner. Bedrooms, all with ensuites, walk-in shower, twin sinks and his’n’hers dressing rooms - are all trends that have become standard to fill those extra square feet.

Additionally, a home cinema, games room, library, study/hobbies room, gym, a second kitchen, separate utility, boot room. And a plant room (the size of a small shed) needed to bring your period home into the 21st century and make it super efficient.

The solution is to look at the footprint as a whole and re-model the interior space to create a unified home where all rooms have a purpose and everything flows.

Additionally, a home cinema, games room, library, study/hobbies room, gym, a second kitchen, separate utility, boot room. And a plant room (the size of a small shed) needed to bring your period home into the 21st century and make it super efficient.

This all sounds like a fabulous way to live and great if planned & built purposefully. However, very few people have the option to start from scratch. For economical reasons or just to maintain some elements of the original character, most have to cope with making changes to an existing dated property that may already be a warren of odd linking rooms. Or awkward and unpleasing proportions like long and thin with multiple and confusing focal points. Or a floor plan that no longer makes sense or appropriate for modern day life.

The solution is to look at the footprint as a whole and re-model the interior space to create a unified home where all rooms have a purpose and everything flows. Making the very best use of every inch by maximising storage, whilst at the same time opening it up to provide space, light & clean lines. Developing circulating & relaxing areas, all designed to give as much flexibility and be adapted to changing family & social needs. Allowing people to spread out, choosing whether to congregate comfortably in communal areas or retreat into private spaces.

Remodelling a house is not easy and when the project isn’t planned fully or executed professionally, things can so easily go wrong. It involves a huge commitment of time, money and emotion, we understand that! We have years of experience working with these awkward spaces for numerous clients - as well as several times ourselves!

Our job mainly involves problem solving, asking a lot of questions to fully interpret what is needed. Then presenting what could be achieved in a way that you can clearly understand. Perhaps pushing the boundaries a little further than you may have gone on your own - it’s not what you know, it’s what you don’t know!

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Our designs comprehensibly illustrate how this new and exciting space could look, taking the finishing aspect to a level you are agreeable with at this stage, as once the space-planning is sorted, and the main fixed surfaces are decided on, then the fun of choosing colours and furnishings can follow later.