Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Room for Ideas; in a Children's Room, a Colourful Solution for Storing Toys Is Turned into an Attractive Feature Decluttering a Room Is Always a Good Start, and Here Statement Colours Give the Space Interest. Thought Has Also Been Given to Clever and Stylish Storage

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Room for Ideas; in a Children's Room, a Colourful Solution for Storing Toys Is Turned into an Attractive Feature Decluttering a Room Is Always a Good Start, and Here Statement Colours Give the Space Interest. Thought Has Also Been Given to Clever and Stylish Storage

Article excerpt

Byline: Cathy Strongman

LONDONERS are seriously rethinking how they use their precious livingspace. Our city's residential property is the most expensive in the world. Arecent report published by Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank revealed that theaverage cost of prime central London property is a whopping [pounds sterling]2,300 a squarefoot.

Even new builds in Hackney are selling for more than [pounds sterling]400 a square foot and theaverage London property fetches more than a third of a million pounds. Despitecurrent fears of a falling market, the cost of square footage in London looksset to remain high, and as the city's population continues to grow, space willbe squeezed even further.

Most of us are living in homes that are smaller than we would like.Shoebox-sized flats and shared children's bedrooms have become the norm. Whilesome Londoners flee to the country, where property prices are cheaper andfalling, those wishing to stay in their current location face three options.Fork out a fortune and move to a larger house, extend the property you live inor transform your house to maximise existing space.

We all need an exercise in space training.

Re-organising our living accommodation is the cheapest, easiest and,unsurprisingly, the most common form of project undertaken by homeowners.

A recent survey by Architect Your Home shows that 39 per cent of the 500homeowners interviewed had reconfigured the rooms in their house, compared with17 per cent who had added a single-storey extension.

The great thing about reconfiguring existing space is that there is a range ofoptions available, some of which take very little time, cost minimal amounts ofmoney and can be done without planning permission. Quick fixes include addingclever storage solutions, investing in multi-purpose furniture and making smallstructural changes. Removing a chimneybreast, enlarging doorways and fittingsliding doors, for example, can make a huge difference. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.