This one-bedroom garden flat is part of a Victorian conversion in Surrey. The owners bought the flat in August 2013 and, while it was very spacious, it wasnt decorated to their taste. The kitchen and floors were tired and the garden was dull. Its now calm and stylish with oak floors, neutral walls and pops of colour from accessories.
‘This is the first place we’ve bought together, so we wanted it to be right and, although it’s just a one-bed flat, we’ve actually got a lot of room,’ says the owner. ‘Our friend, who’s an estate agent, said it offered more like the space found in a three-bed flat.’
The couple wanted a home with outdoor space both for themselves and so that their Staffordshire bull terrier, Monsieur, had a garden to play in.
‘As soon as we looked around this flat, we knew it was perfect. It needed updating, but the rooms were a good size and the garden was a bonus as it’s hardly overlooked,’ says the owner.
It also only takes 16 minutes to get the train into London, which makes it easy for them to commute into work.
By completing most of the work themselves, the owners managed to keep all the renovations, including a new bathroom, floor, paint, outdoor space and updating the kitchen, to a total of £12,000. They hung these instruments on a wall in their living area so the scheme showed off some of their interests.
Rather than replacing the entire kitchen, the couple saved themselves money by replacing the doors rather than all the units. They also added a chunky wooden worktop to break up the expanse of the white units and finished the kitchen off with white retro tiles for a splashback.
The couple are both fans of simple décor, natural materials – such as wood and glass – and design classics. They fitted a real oak floor throughout the flat, apart from the bedroom and bathroom. The classic wooden dining table adds warmth to the white scheme, while the lights hanging about the dining table create a focal point.
The last thing the couple tackled was the garden. It hadnt been touched for a long time and it had an odd-shaped pond in the corner. They filled it in to create more space and painted the fencing a calm blue shade, using hanging baskets to grow their own vegetables.