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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.

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1930s property renovations in the UK

1930s property renovations in the UK

With its streamlined, boxy shape, the classic 1930s semi detached house is a hidden gem found all over British suburbs. While it’s not always glamorous in today’s view, a few easy modifications can help you turn it into a classy abode full of light and space.

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1930s property renovations in the UK
10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home

10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home

Terraced homes in the UK tend to be long and narrow with little light getting into the middle section of the house. But fret not – our light and bright ideas will draw the sunshine into every corner of your home.

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10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home
Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home

Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home

Georgian houses are among the most admired of all heritage homes in Australia. These have typically sash windows, stained glass, fine plasterwork and elegant timber staircases.

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Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home
Living pavilion

Living pavilion

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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Living pavilion
The Victorian factor

The Victorian factor

Nestled in the back streets of London, this west end home has been transformed to add the ‘wow’ factor and TLC that it has always desired. A journey full of permissible ups and downs, and a conversion like no other has altered this run down town house, to stay in touch with its Victorian terrace home flair.

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The Victorian factor
Prime property

Prime property

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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Prime property
Creating a fabulous feature wall

Creating a fabulous feature wall

A decade or so ago, feature walls were the height of interior chic and it seemed as through every Australian home had one. They were out of vogue for a few years, but now they’re back in style again – and this time around there are so many options to choose from, there’s sure to be one to suit your space.

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Creating a fabulous feature wall
Victorian home renovations

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.

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Victorian home renovations
Adding an underground cellar in the UK

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.

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Adding an underground cellar in the UK
United outdoors

United outdoors

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.

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United outdoors
Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life

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?

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Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life
The story of stuff

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.

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The story of stuff
Toy story

Toy story

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.

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Toy story
Not your usual villa renovation

Not your usual villa renovation

Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.

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Not your usual villa renovation
Modern home renovations in the UK

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. 

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Modern home renovations in the UK
Renovating a pavilion style home

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.

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Renovating a pavilion style home

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