• ‘After’ and ‘Before’ layout comparisons
  • Issues with the old layout
  • Best things of the new layout

 

 

In this first post of a ‘Victorian end of terrace renovation’ series, I share our full renovation layout plans, floor by floor. Our Victorian end of terrace came with a quirky feature which turned out to be the main complicating factor of renovations – a wonky end of terrace wall (the back of the house was way narrower than the front). That wonky wall meant building made-to-measure staircases, which, in turn, meant having less room available for bedrooms, and a bathroom.

Best things of the new layout:

  • Having a proper hallway and a normal staircase.
  • Being able to see all the way through to the garden from the main door.
  • An independent kitchen with a bay window which gets the morning light.
  • A flexible open-plan dining and living space. The sitting room and dining room could perfectly be swapped but we rather enjoy the garden view from the sofa.
  • Bifold doors opening onto the garden. Although not displayed on the pic, we added a decking area. With the doors open, it’s basically an extension of the living area when the weather is nice.

Issues with the old layout:

  • An extremely narrow iron cast spiral staircase, which started barely 20cm away from the kitchen cupboards.
  • Not having a full bathroom. The bathroom was an outhouse built on a concrete slope, connected with the kitchen via a small lobby, also leading out to the garden.
  • Two other outhouses – one for a freezer and the other one for a washing machine.
  • A low wall with a wooden banister on top separating the sitting are and the kitchen (not displayed on the picture).
  • The kitchen-dining was too small and could not accommodate a decent number of units or even a full-size fridge.

Best things of the new layout:

  • A full bathroom. It’s tiny and it required stealing some space from bedroom two (now ‘study’ = my office). Totally worth it.
  • An office with two windows overlooking the garden. It gets direct sunlight all afternoon and evening.
  • A staircase that works.
  • The landing. We can now open the front and back windows and keep doors open to create a nice airflow when ventilating the rooms.

Issues with the old layout:

  • A crazy staircase and landing situation. There was a narrow spiral staircase on the right and a paddle staircase going up to the loft.
  • The WC door opened outwards, and getting hit by the door when walking up the stairs was rare but it did happen a few times.
  • The bath was in the outhouse downstairs while we only had a WC on the first floor. It was a very annoying bathroom/toilet situation we put up with for over a year.

Best things of the new layout:

  • Having a proper bedroom. We liked it so much that we made it our main bedroom.
  • It’s unbelievably bright. We installed new Velux windows and went for a very big one on the front.
  • Having tons of well thought out storage space – a long clothes rail with a big storage space behind it, another big storage space behind the bed wall, and a clever storage space which acts as a stairs barrier (+ also space for a chest of drawers).

Issues with the old layout:

  • Because of the paddle staircase + hatch and some insulation issues, the old loft couldn’t be considered habitable space. We bought the house as a two-bedroom, actually.
  • Despite being a loft, it wasn’t very bright. The Velux windows weren’t very big either.
  • There was storage space, but it was incredibly hard to reach one of the spaces, as it had a tiny opening. What a waste of space.
  • Because of the location of the hatch, you walked up straight to the wall. Another waste of space. Oh, and there was another ugly bannister.

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Irene Corchado Resmella

Irene Corchado Resmella

I'm a Spanish freelance translator living in the UK since 2011. After fully renovating and selling a Victorian end of terrace house in Oxford, I recently relocated to Edinburgh with my Scottish husband.

In The Home Reporter I share everything home and lifestyle – from renovation stories and interiors inspiration to tips and anecdotes about buying a house, working from home and relocation. Lover of bright spaces, wooden floors and matte finishes.

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