I just realised that I haven’t told you about our bathroom medicine cabinet as my photos of the toilet paper rolls and shampoo bottles didn’t make it into my ‘Glossy photoshoot images’ blog post when the job was done…
So in addition to bringing in more daylight and increasing the sense of space, one of my other key goals for each phase of work is to add more storage space. Victorian terrace homes typically don’t tend to have built in cupboards so it is often a challenge to successfully integrate storage without negatively affecting the original room shape and architectural features.
As part of our Phase 1 works we refurbished the original existing hall cupboard and updated it with electrical sockets to make a charging station for our ipads and iphones.
In Phase 3, our net storage area is unfortunately somewhat less than what we started with, but we did get a third ‘bedroom’ out of it. An extra bedroom adds apparently (remarkably) about £153,000 to the value of a house in London according to this article from the Sunday Times, however given our new room isn’t a loft conversion that can fit a double bed, but a single bedroom/ study it might not add quite this much value!
To fit in the short hallway that serves both the study and bathroom, we needed to remove not only the chimney breast, but the hallway storage that the previous owners had built. We also eliminated the cupboard where the boiler used to sit in the corner of the room when we moved it to high level. You can see the original storage with the slatted doors on the left in these old photos of what our bathroom used to look like. (Quite some change eh?!). To help offset those storage cupboard losses, I made sure that we had the largest medicine cabinet possible which spans the full 1400mm width of the room (minus some fixed panels at the sides so the door doesn’t hit the light fittings). As you can see – our loo roll deep cabinet (critical dimension) provides quite a bit of storage, and with the full width mirror it helps make the space seem visually bigger.