9 Times Renovation Experts Thought Outside the Box
From conjuring up another room to cutting an unexpected corner, these projects were elevated by creative thinking
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A 50 sq m apartment is pretty small, but that didn’t stop the architect owners from converting their home back from a one bedroom flat to its original two bedrooms. To do this, they combined the kitchen and living space and fitted the layout together like a puzzle.
“We even made the bedroom niche a very specific size, so an Ikea wardrobe would fit into it perfectly,” architect Emma Perkin says.
Visit the rest of this one-bed flat transformed into a two-bed home.
It might seem counter-intuitive to take away floor space from an already small living room, but in this home it worked. The designer created a hallway by fitting a timber and glass screen a little way from the front door to give privacy from the street and keep coats and shoes neatly out of the way.
“You don’t do anything near the door anyway, so you’re not losing any living space by adding a division,” architect Eva Byrne says.
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The owners of this Victorian home had a few privacy issues. Living near a popular football stadium meant people would queue up outside their living room window every weekend.
To help them feel more relaxed in their home, the architect decided to reverse the layout of the ground floor. The kitchen was moved to the front of the house, and the living area was positioned at the back, looking out to the garden.
This simple piece of lateral thinking has had a huge impact on the space, and has given the owners a private seating area where they can really unwind.
Discover more about the smart layout and storage in this Victorian home.
Even if your budget is tight, you don’t have to forfeit high-end features entirely. The designers of this apartment combined cheap and expensive elements to ensure their clients could stay on budget without having to compromise.
In the kitchen, the wall cupboards were sourced from a cost-friendly supplier, while the base cabinets were more expensive. The lower units get more wear and tear, so it made sense to spend a bit extra on these while saving on the wall cupboards.
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The interior designer tasked with transforming this flat didn’t let a large window get in the way of adding storage to the bedroom.
She designed bespoke cabinets that surround the window, creating a wall of useful storage. On top of this, the owners now have a beautiful, teak-veneered window seat.
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The architect who redesigned this Victorian flat, Lior Brosh, could have removed this corner from the dining area, but he chose to make a feature of it instead. The wall is part of a previous extension, so he kept it in place to highlight what was there before.
“I had the option to wipe out this extension completely,” Lior says, “but I wanted to keep the story alive.”
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Here’s another example of a renovation that turned previous architecture into a feature. The owners and architects were keen to keep the original separation and proportions of this period home, while adding extra space to the property.
The solution was to build a beautiful pitched-roof extension on the back, but keep the original rear façade. The effect is almost magical, and by keeping the original window and door openings, plenty of light is able to flood into the living room behind the wall.
Take a tour of this clever extension.
In an awkward space, a designer’s know-how can really come into its own. Take this guest room, for example – the space on either side of the window isn’t even, so design tricks have been used to make it work visually.
The high bedside table helps to correct the balance, while the patterned surfaces draw the attention away from the uneven architecture.
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There was already an extension at the back of this house when the owners moved in, but the space didn’t work very well. To create a more spacious feel, the architect went against the grain and replaced the old extension with a smaller one.
Seems odd? Well, the new extension has an angled opening that focuses the eye out to the garden and makes the space feel larger.
Discover more about how this dated extension was tweaked to create more space.
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