Be inspired by this semi-detached Victorian house in Nottingham

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  • The owners, who run an interior design business, bought this three-bedroom semi-detached house in Nottingham in 2009. They had been looking for a property that they could completely transform so when this turn-of-the-century semi on a quiet street came up for sale, the couple snapped it up immediately.

    Apart from the recently refurbished bathroom, the rooms were bare and the only original character left was some cornicing in the hall and living room. The kitchen was damp, there were mismatched floors, draughty windows and the décor throughout was old-fashioned.

    The couple’s plans were detailed and ambitious, with a wall-to-wall redesign for each room. The aim was to create an open-plan feel with plenty of light. Over the course of about three years, the rooms were replastered, redecorated and rearranged. As the smallest bedroom was surplus to requirements, the couple knocked it into a spacious second living room, complete with TV and music systems.

    They also took the opportunity to create some unique, contemporary structural features, such as the angular, suspended ceiling that houses the kitchen lighting, the integrated storage and cladding around the living room fireplace and the textural wall panelling in the dining room.

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