I just wanted to quickly show how taking out a chimney breast can make a big difference in a space/room. This example is in my own kitchen where there was a chimney breast surrounding the stove. This took up valuable counter space as well as much wanted and usable wall space. See the difference below:
Kitchen before…with chimney breast.
Kitchen after…chimney breast removed.
As you can see, there is now 2 extra storage spaces on either side of the extractor fan as well as much more depth with the counter space. Not only that, it also gives the area a nice streamlined, clean look which is exactly what I was after! In the process we also removed the chimney breasts in the 2 rooms directly above the kitchen which made rooms that were once awkward and slightly cramped into 2 very good sized, well proportioned bedrooms. Well worth the effort!
Here are a few more pictures that I can show in regards to our home renovation:
Front Reception Room Before:
Front Reception Room After:
Master Bedroom Before:
Master Bedroom After: (STILL searching for a large piece of art for above the bed…hence the big empty space….house still slightly a work in progress in terms of art work!)
Ok, I must now stop procrastinating and get back to school work…Module 10, here I come!
So one of the reasons I decided to begin a course in Interior Design was because I loved working on my own house renovation. After years of renting as an expat, we finally bought a house….and although it was a great house, the interior was not to my style at all and the layout needed a bit of work. We decided straight away that we would do a renovation to make it the house for us! I always thought that when it came down to it I would hire an Interior Designer to help me with EVERYTHING! Little did I know that I would enjoy it so much that I would do most of it myself. I’m talking room layouts, floor plans (involved knocking down quite a few walls and changing the layout of the first floor!) flooring, walls, colours, furniture, lighting etc! Of course all done supported by great contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and decorators! I loved it all! I think now, with the knowledge that I have from the course, I could do an even better job! You have to start somewhere so they say! Here are a few before and after shots.
Family Room Before:
Family Room After:
Downstairs Loo Before and After:
Front Room Before:
Front Room After:
Ok and before everyone gets bored looking at so many pictures…just a couple more!
Front Entrance Before and After:
Master Bedroom En-Suite Before and After:
Ok! That’s it for now! I have to say I really loved transforming this house into a home that works for me and my family. I hope that I can do the same one day, professionally, for others!