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 didnt 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 wasnt 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.
Once the family were in, the interior décor came easily, with all the rooms decorated and furnished in a fresh and contemporary style. To create a sense of harmony, all the walls have been painted white with colour added in the use of furniture, furnishings and accessories. Weve built on the neutral backdrop by adding natural materials and vibrant colour accents to add zing to a room.
A new, open-plan kitchen and dining space works beautifully, with its classic kitchen cabinetry finished in an on-trend grey and white Corian worktops adding a contemporary element. This multifunctional kitchen caters for food prep, home working, casual and more formal eating occasions.