Parkgate HouseContemporary Dining Room, London
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Walk the electrical routeGetting your head around where you’ll need sockets and light sources, not to mention all the electrically powered things you may not have considered, can be mind-bending. It’s the reason an architect or designer can be invaluable for this element of planning. But it’s good to have a list of your specific needs for when you meet.If you’re having your entire house rewired, architect Eva Byrne suggests this tip to make some headway. “Start at the front door and imagine how you’re going to use each space as you move through the house. The main items to consider include light switches, lighting, sockets, modems and TV points.”To see more from any of the designers whose photos are featured in this article, click on the image, then on Learn More if you’re in the app, and follow the links to the professional’s profile.
Build a dividerIn this large space, the designers have created a nifty piece of furniture that does two jobs in one. Not only does it beautifully divide the dining area from the seating zone, it also incorporates masses of extra storage.The owners can use the internal shelves for glassware, tableware and any other pieces that won’t fit in the kitchen.
Combine a screen and storageIn this open-plan space, the designers have created an intimate living room area by separating it from the dining zone with a piece of joinery. Rather than leave it as a simple screen, they’ve utilised the space by stashing storage inside. The wide screen opens up with a sliding door to reveal plenty of shelving for tableware and books.