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Knocking down a wall made our perfect space

A change of layout and pretty tiles have transformed Claire and Ian’s bathroom into a luxurious retreat

When Claire Cheong-Leen and Ian Eccles bought their 1950s house in Oxford in 2012 the bathroom was low on their list of priorities, despite being a cramped and barely functioning room. ‘It was probably the worst bathroom I’d ever seen,’ Claire recalls. ‘We had plans for a huge extension at the back of the house that included a shower room downstairs so we decided that the upstairs bathroom would have to wait.’

It was only when the extension project was coming to an end, almost two years later, that the couple realised it would be more cost effective and less disruptive to tackle the bathroom while they still had all the tradesmen on site. ‘Our plumber, Christopher Smith, explained that the position of the new drains for the extension would directly affect what we could achieve upstairs,’ Claire explains. ‘If we’d known this at the start of the project we would have made decisions about the bathroom sooner and saved money – hindsight is a wonderful thing!’

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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!
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