Take a look around this Edwardian villa apartment in Surrey

Faced with the need to downsize, the owner was keen to stay in the beautiful conservation area that she knew and loved. However, after a seemingly impossible search to find a three-bedroom family home within her budget, she changed her focus entirely. ‘I began looking at two-bedroom properties, which had the potential to create a third,’ she explains. ‘I was also prepared to consider any style, including apartments. That’s how I found our current home.’

After purchasing her Edwardian villa flat in 2015, the owner embarked upon her refurbishment project, while she and her two children lived in a rental property nearby. ‘Initially, I had an architect draw up some ambitious plans,’ she explains, ‘but the work he suggested was too expensive. I knew what I wanted so I enlisted the help of an interior designer, who came up with some brilliant, affordable solutions.’

The building work took months, but the once-bland magnolia apartment is now a stylish and welcoming family space, thanks to a clever mix of materials, paints and furnishings. ‘When the renovation was complete, I missed our builders, which is not something everybody would say,’ smiles the owner. ‘As a team we worked so well together – I had ideas and they came up with the design solutions. This home makes me feel complete.  I never dreamt we could be so happy living in an apartment, but even if I won the lottery, I wouldn’t live anywhere else.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, April 2017

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