Surrey Homes | SH56 | June 2019 | Kitchen & Bathroom supplement inside


The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

Above: In the sitting room, the grand,

imposing pelmet was installed originally to

hide a missing piece of cornice work

Left: A combined radiator cover and

bookshelf is a clever use of storage space

and then put their existing one on the market. It

took them a while to sell their own property, so their

daughter moved in for a few months, which meant

that they were able to spend time thinking about how

they would renovate. The time lag proved invaluable,

allowing them to plan out the changes carefully before

jumping in. Luckily the weather was very good, so

the experience of ‘camping’ in a couple of rooms and

living in the garden was an enjoyable one. It also

made the tricky process of downsizing and slimming

down furniture and possessions a little easier and

meant that they were able to start work on the garden.

Their builders converted the basement into

a makeshift kitchen and bathroom while the

major work was completed. Painted a glossy

white throughout it is now a very useful extra

space, used as an art studio and workroom.

The house had not been touched for over 25

years and so was in need of a thorough overhaul.

They could also see an opportunity for extending


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