SPACE is always a massive issue in any household but when you have six students vying for places to store belongings, in particular food, it has the potential to be a big problem.
The sight of tenants installing mini fridges into their bedrooms – racking up energy costs in the process – is not uncommon in a lot of student houses. However, the team at APB knew there was a better solution and put together plans to add an extra fridge to the property. The hardest part now was where to put it…
With the kitchen already possessing a fridge, 2 x freezers and a washing machine space was at a premium, not to mention the tumble dryer under the stairs.
After a bit of rejigging it was decided that the washing machine was replaced by an energy efficient washer dryer leaving the tumble dryer redundant. This was then replaced by the new fridge under the stairs.
To free the house from clutter and maximise even more space the team took the opportunity to design a cupboard under the stairs for which to house the fridge and also provide storage for the hoover, iron and ironing board – all of which had a habit of encroaching into the hallway.
“…WITH MORE FOOD IN THE HOUSE THE NEW TENANTS NOW NEEDED A PLACE TO EAT IT. AGAIN, THE MAIN ISSUE WAS SPACE…”
With more food in the house the new tenants now needed a place where they could congregate together and eat it. Again, the main issue was space and where to house a dining table and chairs big enough for six people…
One of the many advantages of the houses at 11 and 12 North View is that with their Grade II listed status comes grand, spacious rooms, including the lounge. During the installation of the new pine flooring in the kitchen and hallway – read more of why this was a trickier job that first thought here – the team decided to continue laying into the lounge and cover the final quarter of the room, thus creating a divide without the need for any partition walls.
The size of the lounge allowed for the furniture to be moved along freeing up space on the newly laid flooring for a hand-crafted dining table and 2 x wooden benches.
The changes to the property will not only help the new tenants practically but hopefully help them enjoy their time together in the house even more during the coming year.
ABOVE LEFT: The new doorway hiding the new fridge and freeing up space in the hallway. The new flooring can also be seen in the hallway travelling into the lounge. Joinery work completed by JPM Maintenance (07754 593 306).
ABOVE RIGHT: The new dining room table and benches with the new flooring creating a divide in the lounge. (Farmhouse Heritage Collection).