HELEN’S TIPS FOR MODERNISING A VILLA
+ Respect and trust in the precious raw materials used to build the home. They’re often materials that simply aren’t available anymore but will outlive any new equivalent and offer that elusive ‘charm’ that can’t be bought new.
+ Don’t be afraid to modernise wood (such as the fireplace surround) with paint – the contrast highlights its features.
+ Vinyl siding CertainTeed cladding is a great idea for protecting original weatherboards and cutting down on maintenance.
+ Spend the money on an architecturally designed kitchen that stands the test of time.