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Dur­ing their ren­o­va­tion, Ed­wina and Lin­coln dis­cov­ered the value of in­vest­ing lots of time into the plan­ning phase. “If you don’t spend enough time nut­ting out the de­tails, then the whole build­ing process is more dif­fi­cult, and po­ten­tially more ex­pen­sive,” says Ed­wina. “Hav­ing a good re­la­tion­ship and great com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your builder is cru­cial, es­pe­cially when things aren’t go­ing per­fectly to plan. Don’t let this faze you, it’s im­por­tant to be a bit flex­i­ble. Also, do your home­work. Go for a walk in your neigh­bour­hood – if you see a great paint colour or deck stain then knock on the door and ask what it is. Most peo­ple are only too happy to chat about what they’ve done and share the knowl­edge.”

OUT­SIDE Fam­ily time “The rear deck is a whole ex­tra room for the fam­ily. We use it every­day for din­ing, ta­ble ten­nis – any­thing!” says Ed­wina. SHOP IT You can buy a sim­i­lar fi­bre­glass pot planter from The Ur­ban Bal­cony.

OUT­SIDE Back to black

“Black Ace” by Bri­tish Paints coats the ver­ti­cal weath­er­boards of the beach house while Ikea hooks hang the tow­els.

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