Open plan living spaces advice articlesView all types of renovations
What is the best use of floor space for a living area? What are the design rules for creating the best flow? Our helpful articles bring you inspiration and advice on creating your own open-plan space.
Victorian home renovations
A landmark of British architecture dotted around inner cities from north to south and west to east, Victorian terrace homes make up a large proportion of the UK property market. There are countless opportunities for renovating and injecting light and colour into your terrace.
Adding an underground cellar in the UK
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc – keeping a bottle (or ten or a hundred…) of your favourite wine at hand has never been easier. Read on for our top tips on creating your very own custom made, state of the art wine cellar.
With an operable skin allowing it to breathe, admit or block light, and respond to environment and circumstance, this renovation offers a lively take on the idea of occupying the threshold between interior and exterior.
Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life
Reduce, reuse, recycle is the modern mantra reminding us to limit the amount of waste we create and to live as sustainably as we can. For most of us, the items we reuse and recycle are small – jam jars, milk containers and weekend newspapers. So perhaps it’s time to think about reducing, reusing and recycling on a much larger scale. How about applying the same principle to buildings?
The story of stuff
Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading or simply changing the style of your home, decluttering your abode is an essential step in setting the scene, sparking creative ideas and taking the stress out of your renovation.
Function came first when the team at Austin Maynard Architects designed the same level extension of a terraced weatherboard home in Australia. But that didn’t mean that form was neglected – quite the contrary.
Not your usual villa renovation
Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.
Modern home renovations in the UK
Contemporary homes come in many shapes and sizes – in every town and city up and down the country. In some cases renovating modern UK houses is about a simple facelift or refresh, in other cases it is about adjusting the layout or extending usable living space.
Renovating a pavilion style home
In the mid-20th Century, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, the renowned German architect, set the trend for pavilion style homes in Australia. These are typically cube-shaped, have a single slanting roof and are oriented and glazed to make the most of their surroundings.
Many covet the convenience of a home gym, where you can retreat and motivate yourself to keep in shape. As you will read in this article, it can be surprisingly simple to set one up if you’re thinking of converting a garage or room within the house.
Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property
Glenn Murcutt is among Australia’s most acclaimed architects. Read about what he’s most known for as well as the importance of passive design.
When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.
Renovating a ranch style home
Ranches are less fashionable these days, but since they typically offer a reasonable amount of living space on a good-sized flat block and are generally oriented to make the most of the outdoor space, they can be an excellent buy for renovators. If you are lucky enough to own, or be able to buy, a ranch style property, here are our tips for turning it into a place that feels like home.
Regional gabled cottages
Looking for an affordable property to renovate? Don’t overlook the gabled cottages that were built towards the end of the last century and are still plentiful in many Australian suburbs.
Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.
Oasis of calm
Here, in this six-by-six-metre oasis of calm, it is hard to imagine that you are in the centre of the bustling streets that make up the Inner-London suburb of Notting Hill.