Attending to major structural challenges is never a fun way to spend money but, thankfully, the project to underpin and restore the facade went smoothly. Sarah has sage advice: “Be prepared for things to change as you go. Imagine your budget, and the building time and then double both. It can be a stressful process but it’s all worth it.”
The end was a little drawn out. “It’s probably a familiar story. “Once the builders are out of there, it’s hard to get them back,” says Sarah. “It was about 80 per cent done when we moved in and that final 20 per cent took another six months – it was a pretty excruciating process of stop-and-go.”
A year on, and the home has continued to evolve. A bespoke Mark Tuckey dining table has been added to extend off the island bench. Clad in terrazzo, the island has become a beautiful anchor point. “The terrazzo echoes throughout the house, which is really cool. It’s in the foyer, the kitchen island, the bathroom upstairs and the balcony,” says Sarah. She loves that it will develop a patina as they enjoy using it every day. It’s a good analogy for home. For more of Christie and Tim’s work, visit folkarchitects.com.