Top tips for fellow renovators
✚ Engage an architect who shares your values.
✚ Stay abreast of what’s happening on site. “Steffen Welsch Architects kept a keen eye on the project at all stages,” says the owner. “The attention to detail and finish is a credit to the team’s diligence.”
✚ Invest in the best appliances you can afford. “I love my Ilve oven,” says the owner. “Having the fridge and dishwasher integrated into the joinery is terrific, too. It makes for a nice, clean finish in the open-plan layout.”
✚ Be patient and try to enjoy each step of the way. “It took longer than we expected, but seeing the house take shape, and creating a whole new level of beauty and comfort, gave us great pleasure.”
✚ Opt for good-quality feature light fittings. “Lighting is so crucial; it’s wonderful for setting the mood on different occasions.”