It's not just warehouses and warehouses that can be converted into comfortable and interesting houses on the building.
Once many smaller commercial buildings are no longer suitable for the original use, a little imagination can be used to create living space.
This conversion has become more and more common, as difficult transactions and increased rents and interest rates on high streets have led to the closure of more small businesses.
According to Savills agents, residential conversion grew nearly between 2016 and 2017.
As aggressive converters have found, tiny conversions have more features than units with no soul in the apartment.
Joe Green and Natasha stragger are looking for a project near their home in Norfolk, and they have found an old print factory in Holt Town, just a few miles from the scenic north Norfolk coast
It has been taken back and is not in good condition.
"It's been converted into one-
The property of the bedroom is a long term
Semester let, but it's very running-
"It's down, it's dirty," said Stringer.
Green, 39, ran to buy-to-
He has been staying here since he retired as a football player and coach, but the couple thought it was an ideal holiday.
"Holt is an amazing town full of personality, with art and antique galleries, cafes and shops selling local produce," said 35-year-old Stroulger . ".
"The project has to be financially good for us, but we also want to show people what Holt and North Norfolk have to offer.
"The couple bought the old print shop in January and immediately put it into renovations, even though their twins Bella and Ava were only three at the time.
They want to transform this unpopular place into a stylish and comfortable cabin where their guests "fall in love with the surroundings ".
This is a fairly high order considering its condition.
"We didn't change it structurally, but we tore it back into a shell inside and took the kitchen and bathroom out," Green said . ".
"We got people involved in the deal, but we did all the tearing, sanding, a lot of filling and all the decor, including the exterior.
"They want a feeling of luxury, relaxation, so they have a nice modern stand in a stylish wet room --
Shower alone in the bedroom
"We couldn't put the tub we wanted into the small bathroom, so we decided to put it in the bedroom, which adds to the wow factor," Stroulger said . ".
There is also a "statement wall" in the bedroom that is covered with decorative tiles that look like huge, but are actually gypsum board from Spain.
They create visuals without taking up space, and the same trick is used around the fireplace in the living room to enliven the white walls.
In such a small place, the best use of each space must be considered.
On the small platform outside the bedroom, strouger made a dresser with a dresser she found at an antique store in Holt.
The space under the stairs in the living room/dining room has been used for a small refrigerator and there is no space in the quirky triangular kitchen.
The couple avoided the wall unit in the kitchenette to prevent it from looking too crowded, but instead installed a shelf on the oak countertop for pottery.
The hanging system behind the kitchen door holds the ironing board.
"The kitchen looks too clinical and only has white walls and units, so we covered a wall with recycled brick tiles to give it some features," said Stroulger . ".
She and Green spent £ 30,000 on renovations, including furniture, and £ 175,000 on the property.
They welcomed their first guests later on May Day and the booking went well (
Cabin can be booked through niche retreat).
The couple hope to recoup their spending on renovations in two years.
They also like to have the opportunity to give new life leases to old printing houses that used to be an important part of the community.
"A few locals came over and said they remembered it was the time of the printing factory;
"A man said he printed his daughter's wedding invitation here," stragger said . ".
The shop can do a good conversion, but the smaller buildings can also.
Roger Dean lived happily for four years in an old telephone switch.
He found a sign on the single for sale.
Fubowen, a 550-square-foot building near Cambridge, is walking dogs.
"It's just a lovely place next to the fulbonfen nature reserve," he said . ".
"It has an outline planning permission --
I think it can be a very unusual home.
Dean, 59, was renting a house nearby when he bought the building in 2009.
He has done several properties but has never accepted something like the old exchange.
It is located in a protected area and cannot be extended, so he must find imaginative ways to make the most of this small space as possible.
Project electrical engineer Dean-
Manage the building by yourself, hire structural engineers and work as workers.
"It's just an open space with concrete floors, partition walls and external toilets inside," he recalls . ".
"The first thing we did was dig the floor down so I could get enough space for the mezzanine bedroom.
Dean also took out the ceiling and opened the space to the raf.
"It gave me a 15-foot ceiling, it was a dead space, but it made the place ventilated so it felt bigger.
Similarly, Dean was not able to add new window openings due to the protected area.
But he was allowed to install a skylight on the roof and he replaced all the old creatures --
Style windows with new wood
Glass window frame.
"Small transitions like this, you need to get as much light as you can.
"I put eight Veluxes on the roof," Dean said . ".
"The front door was designed to mimic the garage door on the property when I purchased it, because the planner wanted to keep a practical look.
"The open plan is the only way to make the most of the space, L-
One end is a kitchen of different shapes, the other end is a stool for dining, and the other end is a bathroom hidden under the mezzanine bedroom.
Spiral staircase leading to light
Filled bedrooms, glass railings allow more light to be filtered from below. Low-
Due to the limited height, horizontal storage was built on the bedroom walls.
Under the solid oak floor, the heating under the floor keeps the room comfortable in the winter.
Dean likes to live in his quirky conversion, which took nine months to complete and cost £ 65,000.
But now it's time to move on and he has sold his house through Cheffins for £ 275,000.
"This is the best place I have ever lived," he said.
"I just want someone to like it as much as I do.
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