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Separate your home into cooking, working and entertaining areas

Summary

Home-owners who want to make the most of the space they have in their house should think about splitting it up into clear sections.

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Home-owners who want to make the most of the space they have in their house should think about splitting it up into clear sections. According to metro.co.uk's First Moves blog, it is possible to use furniture such as a table or sofa to symbolically mark out different areas; for example, separating a cooking space from where people might want to entertain friends or work. If the property owner has some space outdoors they could think about adding a garden office for work-related activity, which would leave more room for dining and entertaining inside. The column suggested partitioning a property is especially useful for those without much space indoors. In terms of how to decorate inside, the writer added: "It can be awkward to find furniture to fit in small spaces, so try some bespoke DIY. Perhaps make an under-the-stairs desk (one creative blogger used a salvaged kitchen worktop, sawed it to size and fitted it on tressle-table legs)." Property reporter for telegraph.co.uk Caroline McGhie noted that the current age of austerity is prompting many people to create offices in their home, which has caused the "wall between office and hearth" to dissolve. One interior designer told Ms McGhie that home offices look set to become the "must-have" feature for properties this year.

Author:

Paul Smithson

13th June 2012