Check out this welcoming entrance hall with a cloakroom

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  • After the owners bought their house in 2014, they spent a couple of years updating the rooms. They were delighted when all that stood between them and a finished home was a rather shabby hall.

    Limited space upstairs meant that they had never resolved the issue of how to include a cloakroom, something they were keen on. When a friend suggested their hall as an ideal location for a compact second loo, they decided to go for it.

    The idea was to use the under-stairs area and, although the owners were sceptical at first, once the cupboard was clutter-free, they could see that it might just work. When they spotted some modular units, it clinched the deal, as it meant the entire suite cost just £500. Tapping into the kitchen’s water supply, plus the close proximity of the main external soil pipe, meant no drainage or pipe works were needed.

    In the hallway, the owners went for a pale grey shade throughout, with a darker tonal stair wall to add interest. The coordinating grey-washed laminate flooring is ideal for cleaning off muddy footprints. The owners laid the floor themselves, which turned out to be easy, as the boards clicked together. However, the stair and landing carpets were professionally fitted.

    With most of the work complete, the owners’ focus turned to storage, but the custom unit they wanted was out of their price range. Luckily, they are dab hands at DIY and decided to make their own out of junk-shop finds.

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