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Designed to Flex

12/01/17
Robin Sappé Image By Robin Sappé

Whether you live in a large family house with six zeros in its value or you’ve recently moved onto the property ladder having bought a cosy apartment or studio, the ability to create flexible spaces is not only fashionable but also a common sense way to design your home.

Remember that today’s nursery is tomorrow’s teenager’s bedroom, so designing an interior that can evolve with your changing lifestyle is incredibly useful - and also saves time and money when it comes to transforming your basement into a man cave!

Walls don’t have to be walls

One of the easiest and most effective ways to partition a room without building a solid wall is to use furniture. Bookcases and free-standing shelving units are particularly good for this, as they not only create the partition, but are also very practical.

If you’re dividing a kitchen/diner, one side of a shelving unit can be used to store kitchen equipment, whilst the other can hold living and entertainment items such as books, photos or music collections.

Of course, larger shelving units may not suit compact apartments but this doesn’t stop you using furniture to divide up a space. Carefully thought through sofa arrangements can create self-contained areas for relaxing in, whilst even something as subtle as a change in flooring or floor height can successfully divide a room.

If you do prefer to divide a space with internal walls, it’s worth thinking about installing light partition walls instead of building with bricks and mortar. The ease with which a partition wall can be removed makes your decision to divide easier to reverse. If you choose to revert back to the open space later, there’s no need to call in experts: you’ll be able to dismantle the partition yourself.

Think about the marketing

In the 21st century, flexibility isn’t just about what you can see; it’s also about the infrastructure hidden away in the walls and under the floors. One of the best tips for flexible design is to ensure that rooms are wired for a range of uses. Today’s bedroom could be tomorrow’s study or music studio, so having plenty of electrical sockets in sensible positions around the room is extremely useful.

As well as making it easier to transform your home when your needs change, one of the major benefits of designing your property to be flexible is the advantage it gives should you choose to sell.

Prospective buyers will love the fact that they don’t have to conform to your ideas of how best to use the spaces, and will quickly get to thinking about how they can redesign things to suit their lifestyles.

In our experience, it’s the ability to envisage their own lives being lived in a home that makes a property attractive to buyers.

 

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