To keep, or not to keep…
Before you do anything, it’s important to know which original features should be kept. A walk around with your architect or designer will prove useful. You may consider some of your existing furnishings belong in the past and could be recycled. Many houses in West Sussex are listed or are of architectural significance and therefore do not want to be ‘over-designed’ or cluttered. From beginning stages of design through to completion, it is important to remember ‘less is more’.
Original fireplaces, windows and tiled or stone flooring should be kept and re-furbished or restored wherever possible. These period features make your home unique whilst complimenting the beauty of the architecture. Other key features to keep hold of include traditional farmhouse sinks, weathered woods, original mouldings and exposed brick walls. You can also show off a gorgeously curvaceous basin in stone or porcelain on a wooden or stone worktop. Try using Caesarstone as an alternative to natural stone – it looks great, comes in a variety of colours and textures, and is virtually scratch proof.
Another scheme can be achieved when considering an eclectic mix of old and new, so make sure to keep hold of small treasures when sorting through older, ornate pieces.
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