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Wood floors feature in 1950s house renovation

Karim Karanouh and Emma Westbury bought a 1958 home in Essex because they loved its original features. They wanted to modernise the home whilst retaining its 1950s style and adding natural materials such as engineered wood flooring.

When modernising a home, it’s tempting to change its style, but the couple’s 1958 property had many features they loved. The aim of their renovation project was to combine the best of 1950s design with more modern touches.

They kept the original Hygena kitchen and bathroom suite in primrose yellow but replaced all the windows with triple-glazed ones. Many items in the 1950s were made from plastic. Emma and Karim wanted to use more natural materials, so they installed oak engineered flooring, cedarwood panelling and a granite hearth with a wood-burning stove.

A wall of sliding glass was installed that looks out onto the garden, allowing more natural light in the house. An extension was built that created two more bedrooms and an open plan area downstairs that includes a home office. Karim said that the project was difficult but worth it:

“Living here is wonderful. Though it’s a large open-plan space, it’s warm and homely.”

As lockdown restrictions are lifted, many homeowners are wanting to renovate their homes. Engineered or hardwood flooring in Cheshire homes are suitable for many decor styles. Natural oak goes with traditional room styles for people like Emma and Karim that want to retain period features. Grey stained wood suits more contemporary styles, natural colour walls and white furniture.

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