6 Ways to renovate a 1950s home.0
Is your home feeling outdated and in need of a remodel or renovation? There are several ways that you can create a more open plan feel throughout your home.
Many homes in well established suburbs like Hamilton, Adamstown, New Lambton, Merewether, Tighes Hill and surrounding Newcastle areas of the Hunter region were built back in the 1950’s era when homes were designed and constructed with separate rooms for cooking, eating and watching television. Although some home owners still love the layout of their traditional home, we find that most people now prefer a more open plan flow between the kitchen and dining areas of their home.
Below are some ideas to inspire you to renovate a 1950s home.
1. Connect the kitchen and dining space by removing walls
It’s common for 1950’s style homes to have a separate kitchen to the rest of the living space. In most cases it’s easy enough to knock out internal walls and open up the kitchen to connect the dining space which instantly modernises a home. The image below is a recent large scale renovation project that we completed for a client in Hamilton South.
2. Add a larger window or a skylight in the kitchen area
Natural light transforms a dull dark kitchen immediately. Look at options to increase the current window size, install an overhead window, add in a skylight, or if you kitchen runs along an external wall you could consider adding a window splashback to let light in.
Look at how light filled this new kitchen below is! This is another image from our Hamilton South renovation project. The addition of an overhead window makes all the difference when it comes to maximising use of natural light.
3. Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining
Open up your home so that it connects you to the outdoors. This is a great solution to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home and it creates a relaxed entertaining environment. Depending on the style of your home and the position of the rooms, you could consider adding a set of bifold doors, french doors or sliding stacker doors to the rear of the property to connect you to outdoor spaces such as decks and patios.
4. Change the current room layout
Consider swapping your rooms around or re-configuring your existing internal layout to suit your current needs. Ideas include creating an informal living space off the kitchen and dining area to the rear of the home so that you can position large windows or doors to overlook the backyard and connect the outdoors. Utilise excess space to create a study nook, a new walk in robe or add a new ensuite bathroom.
5. Decide what to do with an old fireplace
Many older homes in Newcastle and the Hunter region have fireplaces. You could consider making the most of the existing fireplace by installing a new gas log fireplace, which not only looks great but is also practical. If you don’t intend to use the fireplace in the future you can ask you builder to seal the fireplace flue and look at cladding over the fireplace in a suitable product. Old fireplaces can be removed, but be mindful that they are usually structural and can be quite costly to remove.
6. Create more built-in storage or add a study nook
When re-modelling an older home, don’t forget to find smart ways to incorporate built-in storage solutions. Storage options include creating cupboards under staircases, creating storage in ceiling spaces, utilising excess space in hallways and bedrooms. Adding a study nook such as this one in our recent renovation project works a treat!
If you are ready to modernise and renovate a 1950s home in the Newcastle region call Amaze Building on 0484 335 978.
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