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An absolutely wonderful renovation with great design details. We especially like the whitewashed effect that Spiring achieved using osmo oil to finish the untreated engineered oak floor.

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The reno in this article has given me inspiration for decor and furnishings - we gave away/sold most of our furniture as it was not suitable for the new house (we downsized from three storey 6 bed) so are starting from scratch bar a 1970s Danish Rosewood dining set we inherited. This extension is similar to what we have done with our small terraced two bed house on the outskirts of Birmingham. Almost at the end of the renovation, we also extended into the side return, and to the end of the building line where the outhouses were. We also took down the original external wall at the back of the house. I didn't use an architect and it took some time to find a builder who understood my vision of open plan living. Flooring (bamboo with underfloor heating) just going down now. This is the kitchen just after it was finished. Once we move back in there will be nothing on the worksurfaces.

Next step is to decorate it - will choose white to begin with (new plaster, old dark paint elsewhere)then will choose Farrow and Ball when we are used to the house and familiar with the light. The colours used in this house are inspiring.

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More to the structure of the house: how was lowering all floors achieved and how much did it cost?


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