Former Vicarage Renovation, South EastTransitional Living Room, Hertfordshire
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We’re still loving steel-framed glazingDoors that feature glazed sections framed in black steel can create a gorgeous statement. Houzz users are still gathering design inspiration for using them in numerous areas of the home.Steel-framed patio doors are popular, but so are black-edged shower screens and internal doors and windows. A glazed division like the one here provides the best of both worlds, creating privacy without blocking the light – and, of course, it looks stunning.
How many degrees of separation are there?Often, one of the most dramatic effects of knocking down a wall is the change in the level of natural daylight. Many homes have an darker inner room, traditionally used as the dining room, which has in more recent times become underused. If going totally open-plan isn’t for you, then the effect of openness can still be achieved by installing a glazed screen and doors. Here, the minimal metal frame enables the maximum amount of light to flow between the rooms while maintaining an acceptable degree of separation.
Divide a rectangleOpening from front to back of a Victorian house can result in a long, narrow room, so a glass partition can help with the proportions of the resulting space without losing any of the benefits of going open plan. Two squarer rooms makes positioning furniture easier, especially if the fireplaces are still in place.Here, the central doors open with fixed panels each side. If you were considering something comparable for your own home, it would be worth weighing up the pros and cons between something like this and a design with bifolds that allow the two spaces to be fully open to each other when desired, depending on how you plan to use the space or rooms.
Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here A husband and wife, their 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, as well as their pet cat and poodle.Location Southeast EnglandProperty A former Victorian vicarageYear built The early 1900sSize 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and downstairs cloakroomDesigner Cherie Lee of Cherie Lee InteriorsPhotos by Sarah HoganThe main structural work in this former vicarage involved the removal of internal walls, one of which divided this airy living space leading out to the garden and the reception room in front of it. “The house had a lot of separate reception rooms, so we opened up these two to add something different,” explains Lee. “We installed the Crittall doors to follow the shape of the French doors at the back.”The two spaces have different functions: the one in the foreground is used mainly for listening to music and reading, and the one at the back is where the couple relax in front of the television at night.Crittall doors, Clement Windows. Flooring, The Reclaimed Flooring Company. Walls painted in Skimming Stone, Farrow & Ball.