Take a look around this colourful 1920s house in Surrey

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  • The owners, who work for a charity and a marketing company, bought this five-bedroom detached 1920s property in 2014. A local estate agent mentioned that a house that had been in the same family for 40 years was about to go on the market so the couple decided to take a look. ‘We fell in love with the exterior and liked that it had room for improvement inside.’ Although the interior had been well looked after, it was freezing cold, due to an ancient heating system and single glazed windows.

    The couple felt that the house was large enough so that they didn’t need to extend, but there were a multitude of small rooms and a layout that felt very disordered. ‘We were super keen to get on with renovating and remodeling, to make it feel more spacious, as well as bringing it up to date.’

    Employing a builder recommended by a friend, work began to remove walls and create a more open plan layout – during which the family moved into a camper van on the driveway. Although the build went fairly smoothly, it wasn’t without setbacks and took almost six months to complete with a winter spent living on a building site and the threat of Christmas in a camper van.

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