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It’s now a flexible multi-purpose space

Removing a wall helped Samantha Thomson create a modern, sociable open-plan layout complete with kitchen, dining and work areas

Styling Jo Rigg

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Total Cost £4,730

Practical surfaces and colourful accents make for the ideal familyfriendly space in the Thomsons’ generous new open-plan layout

When Samantha Thomson, her husband Robert, and two children, Nathalie and Charlie, moved into their 1930s terrace in Kent, they knew the cramped galley kitchen was inadequate for their needs. However, with the house requiring extensive renovations throughout, they were undeterred by the prospect of reconfiguring the downstairs layout. ‘We both liked the idea of openplan living so, with builders already on site, knocking through to an adjoining room in order to create one large, light space with direct access to the garden, was always on the cards,’ says Samantha.

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