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Indeed yes, Deborah but with a lot of Houzz presentations one gets the feeling that children and their associated stuff/mess just get brushed to one side/out of the way... Not much evidence that they exist apart from a strategically placed soft toy!

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Adding a bedroom is the standard redevelopment move and one that is not so much designed to enhance peoples experience of living in the space but to increase the resale value. Equally it may be necessary to enable someone to generate an income by rent out a room. Likewise newbuilds create the illusion of space with open plan living areas but it doesn't take much to workout how impractical they are. I think people are aware of the disadvantages of open plan living and do create a separate sitting room if space is available but let's face it, living in the UK, space is expensive and compromise inevitable.

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deborah eade

bery23, living in France (been here for over 20 years) isn't any cheaper than the UK, depending in both countries on where you live and personal circumstances. The big difference is that in the UK people seem obsessed about the re-sale value (e.g. retaining a bath tub they don't use, turning a box room into a bedroom, whacking in a broyeur loo). The best advice when we bought this house was to renovate it according to our existing and foreseeable needs (children becoming teenagers and then young adults) and tastes, not those of a putative purchaser in a putative future.


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