Spare room or lounge? Rather than letting these areas develop into a no-mans land of assorted bits and pieces, perhaps you could have loftier ambitions for your extra space.
This home's owners, Brian and Emma Johnson, had a vision of converting a windowless room, set aside for a dedicated home theatre by the previous homeowner, into a high-tech haven for audiovisual entertainment. Gary Patterson, design manager at home theatre specialist Aletro, was enlisted to assist with the revamp.
"Converting an irregular-shaped room with a low ceiling isn't always a simple task. In this case, the ceiling's concrete ribs, which are structural supports, determined the design of the room."
"The ribs, which are separated by Gib board, needed resurfacing and, as structural supports, were slightly unevenly spaced. At one stage we were contemplating flattening the ceiling, but it would have lowered the level too much."
Instead, plastered and repainted, the ceiling provides not just an attractive aesthetic, but a live surface, says Brian Johnson, an audiophile who has previously worked in the audiovisual field.