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Our bathroom has almost doubled in size

Removing a wall allowed Juliet Trimby to create a practical, family-friendly bathroom, complete with an eye-catching scheme

When Juliet Trimby, 49, moved into her 1930s terrace in South London with children, India and Oliver, it was in desperate need of updating and high on her list of priorities was the compact family bathroom. ‘The room containing the bath and basin was simply too small for our needs as there was no space for a standalone shower, and we all hated the adjoining separate WC,’ she explains. The solution, however, proved simple – take out the offending dividing wall, plus a redundant cupboard, in order to create one large room.

Good idea!

An inexpensive bamboo ladder provides a stylish store for towels or discarded clothing.

STEP ONE Luckily for Juliet, the dividing wall wasn’t structural, so its removal proved straightforward, as was the demolition of the old cupboard, and the hot water cylinder it contained. ‘The recent installation of a new combi-boiler in the kitchen, meant the tank was soon consigned to a skip,’ says Juliet. ‘And the space cleared in preparation for a shower enclosure.’ The existing doorways were then replaced with a single entrance, and the small mismatched windows ditched in favour of one large space-enhancing opening. However, Juliet readily admits: ‘it was actually the elimination of the dividing wall that made the most difference to the room – I simply could never have envisaged just how much space I would gain!’

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May is a great month for DIYers and decorators, as the days are now longer and lighter and we get two bank holidays to make the most of too! If you’re planning a spot of redecorating, then you’ll find plenty of exciting colour schemes to inspire you in this issue. Whether you love bold brights or sophisticated neutrals, we’ve got some great looks for you try on page 36, while on page 20 we look back in time to see how to make the season’s hottest retro trends work in your home. And don’t forget your windows when planning your new scheme. Shutters are big news right now, so we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest, most gorgeous designs at affordable prices to help you choose the ones that are right for you (p.40). While you’re at it, check out our fantastic competition to win a set of bespoke shutters from Hillarys (p.43). Early summer is a good time to fit a new bathroom but many of us are put off by the cost. Never fear – we’ve found some real bargain buys that prove you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to get the bathroom of your dreams (p.54). If installing a new kitchen is on your to-do list this year, then you must read our feature on page 46 to discover the latest hi-tech gadgets that can make your life so much easier and give you more time to yourself (and who doesn’t want that eh?) Finally, take a look at our delicious meat-free recipe ideas (p.100 – ideal for quick and healthy family meals, whether you’re a veggie or not. P.S. The noodle dish is utterly scrummy!
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