Renovating a tired former rental, the owners created a spacious home full of stylish touches
Having outgrown their Edwardian flat with the birth of their daughter, now four, the owners were keen to find a larger family space – somewhere suburban, but with an easy commute to the capital. ‘To optimise our budget, we widened our search boundaries and discovered this house on a quiet, leafy street in a small Surrey town,’ they say.
‘The property had been rented out for five years and was in a bad state of repair,’ they recall. ‘But we could see that it had potential. With room to expand at the back and side, affordability and space outweighed the fact that it wasn’t quite the period house we’d hoped for.’
The couple viewed the property in the summer of 2013 and moved in almost immediately. ‘We lived there without making any changes, while plans were drawn up by our architect,’ they explain. ‘However, we moved out for the bulk of the work, which took two months. We had time to plan, schedule and order in advance, so everything was ready and there were no delays.’
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Two extensions were completed, one at the back of the house and another at the side, with the demolition of a freestanding garage. This gave the family a downstairs playroom and utility, as well as an extra bedroom and bathroom upstairs. ‘Overall, we have increased our internal footage by half,’ say the owners.
The work included a single-storey kitchen-diner rear extension, opening onto a wide terrace with steps onto a lawn. ‘The outdoor area was a good size,’ say the owners, ‘so we were able to take 3.5m of it for the new space without it having any significant impact on the garden.’
The kitchen is a sleek contemporary area with white quartz counters. ‘We couldn’t find what we wanted,’ say the owners, ‘so we sketched our design and ordered the pieces online.’
The couple knocked down the wall connecting the kitchen to the the family room to create a free-flowing expanse on the ground floor. A clever sideboard-style storage unit has been created using the same cabinetry that is in the kitchen.
This contemporary space combines sophisticated elegance with pattern and texture. ‘We started with a neutral scheme,’ say the owners, ‘then added layers of jewelled colour with textiles and bold wallpaper, to create depth.’
The entrance hall is kept neat with a slim cabinet that has plenty of storage space. A cleverly positioned mirror makes the most of the light coming in through the glass door.
This sumptuous setting is perfectly balanced with symmetrically placed furniture and accessories. Striped walls add a fun and modern feel to the traditional scheme.
The en suite has a wet room feel with a large shower that is protected by a barely visible screen. An inset shelf provides the perfect spot for lotions and potions.
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Yellow and grey make a great combination in this children’s room. It’s a compact space, but the position of the bed under the window takes full advantage of the available floor area.
The main bathroom is far more colourful than the en suite, with green tiles and marbled wallpaper adding an on-trend pop of colour.
Seeing the beautiful pictures above, you would imagine the owners must be finished renovating their extended 1930s semi. However, they have other ideas: ‘We’re now thinking about a loft extension,’ they say. ‘We have so many ideas to develop and are running out of places to try them.’
This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, June 2017.
Image credits: Robert Sanderson