Today we spoke with Amy from the . She has been working with investors and interior designers in Wavertree, an up and coming student and young professional area of Liverpool new Sefton Park. It is one of the for first time buyers and investors. The most popular renovation that people are asking for recently is the hall and stairways, which can totally transform the overall look and feel of a house.
After the front door and entrance, the hallway and stairs is one of the first parts of the house that visitors will see. And Liverpool is full of stunning bay fronted Victorian terrace properties which lend themselves to this kind of renovation really well.
We are seeing a growing trend here in Liverpool of stripping out the carpets from the hall, stairs and landing, tiling the floors and renovating the original wooden stairs. Many families are renovating within the original style of their house such as Victorian, Georgian and Art Deco. Tiles are expensive to lay but easy to keep clean once they are down – ideal for such a heavy traffic area.
The tiling trends here in Liverpool include going back to original Victorian tiling which could be rustic reds and black. We are also seeing a lot of white and charcoal grey or white and black combinations. Tiling jobs for a 3 bedroomed terrace here in Liverpool can range from around £700 to lay large square tiles to over £1500 for the laying of mosaics. This individual laying of small mosaic tiles is painstaking work that can take up to a week to complete, hence the high labour costs. On top of this labour cost you then have to invest in the tiles themselves which can be in the region of £500-£1200. So for tiling alone, you could be spending in excess of three thousand pounds – before you have even started on the woodwork!
Hallway walls are generally being kept neutral but then woodwork is often painted grey, black or navy to give the spindles a striking contrast and draw attention to the ornate bannisters that many of these Liverpool terrace house have. Stairs are stripped back and painted, then finished with a stair runner or even colourful vinyl stickers to add character. The overall neutral look is often complimented by pastel or bold coloured furniture with rose pink and pastel blue side units being very popular.
If you want to totally transform your hallway, take a look at some of the popular Liverpool Terrace instagram accounts for inspiration!