6 Times Houzz Professionals Made the Most of a Middle Room
Worried extending your home might create an awkward central space? See how these designers maximised every inch
The pitched-roof side extension at the rear of this Victorian flat was already in place when the architects at BLOCK Design & Build were brought in, but it felt disconnected from the rest of the house. There was a doorway that led to the middle room, but the living room at the front was blocked off by a wall.
The team opened up the three spaces by creating a wide doorway from the living room to the kitchen, enabling the middle area to be connected to both the front and back of the property.
See more of this broken-plan space that feels light and connected.
When designing a rear extension for this Victorian home, the team at REES Architects could have been tempted to create a large, open-plan kitchen-diner. However, they wanted to take a more careful approach in order to preserve the character of the period building, so the original rear wall was kept in place, creating a separate room behind the division.
The architects located the kitchen in this middle space and removed the window glazing to create an opening. The side return extension helps to connect the two spaces, while a rooflight over the dining table illuminates the whole area.
Take a look around this smart extension that transformed a tired Victorian house.
A similar approach was taken in this ground floor flat, as the architects at Resi were careful to keep the original structural wall and chimney breast in the centre of the room.
A kitchen in the extension would have taken up too much space, so the team decided to locate the cooking area in the middle room behind the chimney breast.
Once again, the side-return extension helps to connect the two spaces and, in this case, a glazed roof brings light into the windowless kitchen. To add to the feeling of flow, the kitchen can also be accessed from the hallway.
Find out how a side-return extension brightened this Victorian flat.
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The kitchen was originally located at the back of this house, but owner and designer Mel Massey decided to move it to the central area. The space would have been used as a thoroughfare, so it made sense to maximise it with a galley cooking zone.
The streamlined design gives it a spacious feel, and the glossy door and drawer fronts reflect light around the room and through to the spaces either side.
See how a couple brought a family feel to their Victorian home.
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Before the owners of this Victorian maisonette arrive in their beautiful extension, they need to pass through the central kitchen. Architect Lior Brosh of Brosh Architects decided to locate the cookspace in this middle area on the lower ground floor, as it’s the first room you come to from the entrance hall, which makes it easy to dump shopping bags.
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