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Princess_bluey, the house you describe sounds like the 1930s middle class housing in Mumbai!

We too lived in a rented house of the same vintage with one plug point on the switchboard right next to the door. all the doors opened out into a 4 ft passage. I had those changed...and when we got our first TV in 1980 (India didn't really have TV before that) I did some external wiring so we wouldn't have to put the TV right next to the door!

Right now I'm renovating a one bedroom flat of the same period. This has meant stripping out the bathroom and kitchen - and thank goodness we did, because the ancient steel pipes were badly corroded and one wall was very wet.

They haven't bought a fridge yet, so I have left a 3ft gap. They plan to move to bigger accommodation in 5 years time, and then rent this flat out, so they need to allow for the tenant having a bigger fridge. We'll see what can be done about the gap, if any. Otherwise a side wall at the end of the counter is needed.

They also want the 6 'x 6' bathroom to be split into toilet and shower with separate doors. This has meant some very careful planning. It will be cramped, but I have suggested brick and tile up to 5 fit and glass bricks above that so it doesn't feel so shut in. There is a storage loft above the bathroom which has lowered the ceiling from 10 ft to 7 ft. So it feels even more cramped. In this city of tiny living spaces you have to fit storage wherever you can.

I love glass bricks where you want both light and privacy. They are so versatile. I even built a shower using glass bricks as the partition and step-over. it looks good and makes the very small bathroom look bigger. We could have used a simple glass partition but this appealed to my client because it was different.

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Not allowing an additional 8 to10" between base cabinets or islands so that you are able to stand directly in front of the oven door instead of having to be at the side to access. I see this so often as a common mistake in kitchen design where there would have been enough space to accommodate.


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