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Hi Andrew,
Love your show!!! We have an 1857 stone cottage in Macclesfield, it is a gorgeous home from the outside with a huge backyard which makes me want to make it workable as opposed to selling. When you walk in you get two large sized bedrooms and a staircase that goes up to a converted attic - one room we have opened up for kids playroom and the other room is storage. Further down on the left is a room with no windows and a fireplace - this has a second door that opens up to a lounge room (but what we are using as the master). The master then leads out to the kitchen diner and another room - all open plan. Then through to another addition that has one bathroom, laundry and a small sun room - it is one large rectangle at the moment). Off the kitchen side of the house is another awesome sized cottage - but it is higher than the rest of the house so we cant join it up. My question (finally!! ) is should we add an ensuite / WIR to our master bedroom (externally), we have priced this it is around $25k or convert the room that leads to our bedroom internally. Are we better to lose a room as such to get a bathroom? Or keep that internal room and turn it into a study area by knocking out the wall and having it open to the hallway? The bathroom will be southside - so freezing and I think may feel slightly disjointed, not keeping the rectangle shape - but with 3 kids we need another toilet!! Thanks for taking the time to reads this and again love, love, love your show!

Answered Monday 15 August 2016

Lisa - I wish I could help but without a floor plan I've got no chance. So you need to get a floor plan done if you haven't got one, as it is easier to work out on paper. Also cold bathrooms easy to remedy, install under floor heating in the refurb. Connecting to other higher cottage I don't quite understand, if it is yours then why wouldn't you connect, height difference is no problem either plenty of creative options there too. If you are planning to stay long term - interview a few architects get the experts in. Get it right and you'll have a fantastic home with a higher value.

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Andrew Winter

Andrew Winter is a residential property expert and Lifestyle’s multiple award-winning television host.

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