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Very often in London, we live in Victorian houses made of small rooms, and we feel that one bigger room would be better than all these small spaces. Big open plan spaces are quite fashionable and it does make sense to remove a few walls in order to create a bigger living space especially that nowadays, a formal dining room is not of much use.

When you are dealing with this issue, it is a good idea to start by drawing a plan to scale of the different rooms you would like to gather into one bigger space. To do this, you need to measure up the rooms that are involved. Start by roughly (but clearly) drawing the shape of the room, including doors and windows. Then start at one corner of the room and start measuring everything and report all the measurements on your drawing. Using this draft you will be able to draw the plan to scale of your space.

Using this plan, you will be able to imagine which wall you could remove, and draw a new plan with the walls removed. This will give you a good idea of the space available. To make it easier to play with your space, draw on a separate sheet of paper the different item to scale of furniture that you would like to include in your new room. You can then cut the items and place them on your plan and play with them until you reach a satisfactory furniture layout.

With this idea in mind and your drawing, you can now more efficiently speak to your structural engineer, who will let you know if your
plan is realistic and what and how your builder will be able to remove the walls. Of course, you have to inform the building regulation office and submit the structural engineer calculations before you can start the work.

The key in succeeding with such a project is to plan everything before the work starts. So make sure you get proper quotes from
reliable builders. As you have planned what you wanted you know what to include (this includes, flooring, wall covering, the electrics, heating, furniture, etc.) and can prepare your budget, so you avoid any nasty surprise.

Planning ahead is time consuming, and can’t be overviewed for a successful implementation of your project.

Of course, if you are short of time or don’t want to be involved in the planning stage, ask for help. We are used to plan every stages
of a project in order to get a smooth implementation and the best possible result.

Emmanuelle Lemoine

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