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Renovation-happy Brits demolish 2.9 m rooms
29/01/2008

An increasing number of Britons are knocking down the internal walls in their homes in order to achieve an open-plan layout.

Figures from Halifax Home Insurance suggest that 2.9 million rooms have vanished during the last five years and an additional 2.1 million are due to go over the course of 2008.

David Rochester, head of underwriting at the firm, comments that it is sad to witness the demise of the traditional dining room but notes that it appears to have become superfluous to contemporary living.

He adds that homeowners should seek the advice of a professional to carry out any home improvements and ensure they consult with a qualified structural engineer before demolishing any walls.

"Any damage to a weight-bearing wall that results in ceiling collapse or other damage could also invalidate a buildings insurance policy," Mr Rochester concludes.

In related news, recent research by Abbey suggested that millions of Britons could save themselves cash by electing to remortgage their home.

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