Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

Up­date your old fur­ni­ture pieces by re­uphol­ster­ing and re­paint­ing them. Q&A

Home Renovations - - HOUSE -

with Iris

Any cost-cut­ting tips? I kept all my old fur­ni­ture and sim­ply re­uphol­stered the chairs and couches in lovely grey fab­rics for an in­stant up­date. I’ve also re­painted all my old frames in black – they look gor­geous!

Lots of magazines and Pin­ter­est; I also love brows­ing on home de­sign site houzz.com. I’m all for try­ing new things; ad­mit­tedly, most times it’s a case of trial and er­ror.

A few fi­nal fin­ishes such as some win­dows and a beau­ti­ful pivot door for the front when our bud­get al­lows for it, and then the land­scap­ing. “I def­i­nitely want to ren­o­vate again – ren­o­va­tion is in my bones! I’d also buy on­line again; I love to spend hours brows­ing through sites. Your best tip for other ren­o­va­tors? Pay as much at­ten­tion to the stuff no one will ever see – I had the best trades­men when it came to elec­tri­cal, roof­ing and kitchen work. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? I’d ask an ex­pert to fin­ish my con­crete kitchen is­land coun­ter­top. I did it my­self and, sadly, it shows.

A luxurious main bath­room was cre­ated, while the old en-suite was con­verted into a walk-in closet. Tris­ten’s old bath­room ( inset, above) made way for a laun­dry room, and a new bath­room and guest loo were added.

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