Everyone loves a grand reveal, so Ideal Homes’ before and after success stories are invaluable for interiors inspiration. But what most impresses Dexters is the sound advice for property buyers contained in this feature about a North London home.
The challenge of assessing space-reconfiguration potential at viewing stage can feel overwhelming, but a good estate agent will recommend a builder or architect to take a look at what’s possible before you offer. So view this additional cost as an investment in a pain-free future.
Once you’re the owner, choosing when and where to spend on renovations is all about cost-effectiveness. We certainly approve of the waiting game these owners played; reviewing your day-to-day use of space over time is a true investment in the structural changes you eventually make. Likewise, opting to spend on an architect and save on appliances.
An owner with an eye to their future is investing wisely in their property’s market appeal. And properties boasting light-filled, open-plan living space, leading seamlessly onto an inviting outdoor area definitely cater to the way buyers aspire to live now.
The owners of this north London property spent five years living in their house before they decided to update the kitchen. With two young children, they wanted to see how their needs would change before they committed to a big building project. One thing they were sure of was that the layout wasn’t right. The narrow kitchen was at the rear of the house and there was an open-plan living room, which led into a dark central dining area. After hiring an architect, the pair made a start. The biggest challenge was to reconfigure the middle of the house. ‘The wall between the front living room and the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, we reinstated it to create a “grown-up” lounge,’ say the couple. ‘We then allocated the darkest space for a downstairs cloakroom and storage.’