Warren MewsContemporary Bedroom, London
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How long will it take? The actual taking down of a wall doesn’t take long at all – probably not much more than a couple of days – but the factors discussed above (such as moving plumbing and/or electrics) add complications, which will inevitably alter the proposed timescale.On average, allow 3-5 weeks, as working with existing buildings (as opposed to new-builds) is always unpredictable. For example, you might think there are no pipes or wires in the wall until the first blow of the sledgehammer – then you’re on a voyage of discovery! Most competent builders will have come across this many times and will have allowed for it in their price and project timescale, but it’s always worth adding on a few extra days to the builder quotes just to allow for those annoying unknowns.
Slide along a wallIf you’d like a pocket door but don’t have enough depth in the wall to conceal it, opt for one that simply slides in front of the wall. Instead of choosing a standard door width, it’s a great idea to go as wide as the wall can support. This will create a feeling of the two spaces being open-plan. However, this can make the door very heavy to use, so ensure you take the best advice on the mechanism and door furniture. Also consider what the door is made of, so you don’t add too much weight.
Keep your options openSliding doors allow the best of both open-plan living and compartmentalisation. Close the doors to contain the bathroom or slide them back to allow freedom of movement between the areas during the day.Find out what you need to know about going open-plan
Install sliding doorsDoors that open outwards or inwards in a small space restrict potential spots for placing furniture. Sliding doors that move back into the wall – pocket doors – or behind each other, however, are much more practical. The doors seen here have been used to create an en suite bathing area on one side of this bedroom. Explore more clever ways with sliding doors
Dare to bare It may be a cliché to claim that exposed brick equals warehouse style, but it does make a statement that speaks to this rough and ready aesthetic. Few of us are about to start ripping off plaster, but there’s actually no need, as it’s easy to create a brick-effect wall using pre-made panels, which are screwed into place. This clever textured cladding is a quick way of adding bucketfuls of character.