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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > November 2016 > It now works for all the family

It now works for all the family

Combining a tired compact shower room and adjoining WC, allowed Kirsty Crabtree to create a generous family bathroom

As a seasoned renovator Kirsty Crabtree, 44, had no qualms about taking on a rundown three-bedroom 1930s semi in Bromley, despite it having no heating, ageing electrics and a dingy interior that paid homage to the 70s. ‘My initial aim was to get the children’s bedrooms completed before moving on to the larger projects,’ recalls Kirsty. ‘However with all four of us forced to share a tiny bathroom, just large enough for a dated shower and basin, the sudden demise of the old immersion heater was the perfect excuse for Joshua, Lauren and Esther to also insist on a new and improved bathroom!’

Having almost doubled her available space, Kirsty was able to create a smart, contemporary bathroom that is brimming with personality and also caters to the entire family’s bathing and showering needs

Total Cost £3,977

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I know that November isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but I think there’s something rather cosy about coming home on a cold, dark night and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. If you’re thinking of investing in a wood-burner to warm up your home this winter then turn to page 115, where we’ve got the low-down on the latest models and what you need to consider before you buy. Talking of making your home warm and toasty, do take a look at George Clarke’s column this month, where he shares his expert advice on insulating your home (p.111). Of course nothing beats, a tasty comforting supper on those chilly November nights – so do try our delicious recipe suggestions on page 100, packed with warming spices! I know many of you are keen to be braver when it comes to using pattern in your home, so on page 36 we show how to make it work for you, from balancing scale to creating the illusion of space and, of course, our pick of the latest designs for wallpapers and fabrics to inspire you. Many of us dream of living in a period property with gorgeous plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces, but in reality many of them have had their original features removed or damaged over the years. In this month’s home improvement feature, we take a look at what steps you need to take to restore your period home to its former glory and where to look for affordable, original materials (p.106). Happy decorating!