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Versatile Living Spaces: How to create a home for flexible living

Making good use of space within the home is something that we should all consider. Winkworth look at how best to get the best out of versatile living spaces around the home.

Such are the demands of modern life that making good use of space within the home is something that we should all consider. Changes in circumstances should not be the only motivation for wanting to add versatility, as when there is scope to do so, making effective use of existing space can add a new lease of life to your home. Whether it’s space for children, entertaining or eating, making use of what you already have can make the world of difference.

Open plan living

The sense of space that open plan living provides can make a home feel larger, but it can prevent those using the space having adequate privacy. Sometimes we all just need a bit of alone time so it can be hard if there isn’t a door to the room that you’re in. Due to this, we love sliding doors, which create the open plan feeling but also allows for all-important walls when they’re needed.

The spare room

A spare bedroom can often be a neglected space when its main feature is a bed that no one is sleeping in. Replacing a bed with a sofa bed, futon or fold down bed frees up the room to become a space the family can use when you don’t have guests. An additional room can be used in so many ways without being cluttered up with furniture; a slim line desk or fold down desk would allow a space for homework, working from home, a craft room or a reading room.

A child's room

Loft beds are great for getting the most out of a small bedroom and kids love them! Thanks to their clever design you have the space underneath the bed to use for other purposes. This area can be adapted as your child grows from a den to a work area or cosy seating area and can even be used for additional storage if needed. If you’re looking for flexible space a loft bed is often the answer.

Unused space under the stairs

The space under the stairs is one of the most neglected areas of the home, as traditionally it’s rammed with old coats and walking boots that no one uses anymore. When it comes to versatile living space this area can be used in various ways for relatively little money, adding square footage for actual living space, as well being a unique feature.

Working from home can be hard if you don’t have an office or a specific place where you can focus. The space under the stairs is perfect for a slim line desk and small home office. Painting the space a different colour to the hallway itself and with electrical points added, this space can become a sanctuary behind doors for an elegant small space to call your own. There are various options for removing the wall and adding doors in the same colour theme.

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If you need additional storage for your kitchen, then under the stairs is often an excellent option for the larder you’ve been dreaming of. With simple shelving behind closed doors and a lick of paint, that awkward spot under the stairs will open out into a supermarket of food. Close to the kitchen, this space provides cupboard space the room just doesn’t have.

Or why not let the space under the stairs serve a greater purpose by adding a W.C.? Open up the area with simple touches like light, bright paint or wallpaper. Repurposing the unused space into a functional room such as this will not only save you a trip up the stairs, but can also help increase the overall value of your home.

We have a look at properties that show how small changes have a big impact on how you can use your home.

Colina Mews, N15

Fantastic loft on the top floor of a converted factory in Colina Mews

This fantastic loft on the top floor of a converted factory in Colina Mews is a perfect example of open plan living with two huge adaptable living spaces. Having recently been refurbished to an exceptional standard, this penthouse loft offers an abundance of space that can give any potential buyer a headache in terms of deciding exactly how to utilise this space.

For more information contact Winkworth Harringay or call 020 8800 5151.

Castelnau, SW13

Corner home situated in Barnes

This corner home situated in Barnes presents its own private driveway and a beautifully landscaped garden. The large main level serves as space for both a kitchen and a formal dining area; perfect for hosting large gatherings. For a bit of privacy between areas, add a bookshelf with tall openings between shelves. This modern feature creates a sense of separation between the two areas without feeling completely closed off from one another. The bookshelf also doubles as extra room for storage- that’s a win/win for us!

For more information contact Winkworth Barnes or call 020 8255 0088.

Clifton Road, Poole, BH14

Beautiful family home situated in Poole

This beautiful family home situated in Poole grasps every opportunity to become a versatile environment. From the laundry room that doubles as a food pantry, to the small storage closet located underneath the stairs, this home utilises every given space as a purpose.

For more information contact Winkworth Poole or call 01202 733000.

Marine Parade, East Sussex, BN2

Stunning home with panoramic views of the sea and Brighton pier

This stunning home with panoramic views of the sea and Brighton pier is the epitome of hosting and living a luxurious beach life. A versatile theme runs throughout the entire property, but the real show stopper is found on the ground floor where a storage shed is transformed into the perfect home bar. This function will dazzle any guests creating the perfect location for sunset parties.

For more information contact Winkworth Brighton Hove or call 01273 772 175.

Ferringham, West Sussex, BN12

Located on a quiet and residential street, this is the perfect family home.

Located on a quiet and residential street, this is the perfect family home. The upper level hosts a long and narrow room, which is a perfect playroom for children. As the children grow up, the space can be simply converted into the perfect study for school work.

For more information contact Winkworth Worthing or call 01903 216219.

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