Pembridge Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 Industrial Dining Room, London
Naturally, many of the pieces were sourced from Portobello Road. “I love 1970s lighting, and so I spent hours on the Portobello Road sourcing original lights,” says the owner. “I also made the large mirror using an old picture frame from one of the local shops, spraying it and getting a mirror put in. Similarly with the glass cabinet – it was a cheap purchase which I sprayed entirely black aside from the back which was painted purple. I also inserted a blue light into it, and now it’s my favourite piece". The EXIT sign is from Islington – perfect for when guests overstay their welcome.
Photo of a large industrial open plan dining room in London with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and a brick fireplace surround. — Houzz
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Combine with redecorating for cost efficiencyThe simple task of making a hole in the wall isn’t the expensive part. ‘Expense comes in the moving of radiators, of electrics, replastering and redecorating,’ says Hugo. ‘If you’re doing lots of work anyway, the additional cost might only be between £3,000-£10,000, but if your house is pristine, then to knock through and refinish it will more likely be between £15,000-£20,000.’ ‘This really depends on the complexity and level of finish,’ says Robert. ‘I’d imagine just to install a new beam between the two reception rooms would be around £5,000, but if you want to change the whole space and the electrics, flooring and lighting, it could easily go up to £20,000 to £30,000,’ he adds.Things like having a downstand can make a project cheaper. ‘If the beam can go underneath the ceiling in the downstand, it’ll be cheaper than having to knock up into the ceiling,’ explains Hugo. Similarly, creating a larger hole where the ceilings and walls of both rooms are totally flush will cost more than if you have a frame, just as knocking through in a narrower house will be cheaper than in a wider house. Again, the quality of finishes specified by the homeowner will greatly determine the final price.Tell us…Have you knocked through the two reception rooms in your home? We’d love to see a photo and read your experiences in the Comments section.