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The tri­als and tribu­la­tions of a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion project were well worth it in the end for this cou­ple

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture Caro­line Fos­ter | Pho­tog­ra­phy David Merewether

Kate and Ja­son Stan­ley had to work fast to se­cure the home of their dreams. ‘We had been con­sid­er­ing sell­ing our old prop­erty, and when we vis­ited an es­tate agent to dis­cuss it, he men­tioned a house in Sur­rey that had been in the same fam­ily for 40 years was about to go up for sale,’ says Kate. ‘ We viewed it im­me­di­ately and fell in love with the hand­some ex­te­rior and the fact that it had so much po­ten­tial.’

With lit­tle time to waste, the cou­ple man­aged to sell their home, buy the new prop­erty and move in with their chil­dren in July 2014. ‘Although the in­te­rior had been well looked af­ter, it was freez­ing cold, due to the an­cient heat­ing sys­tem and sin­gle-glazed win­dows,’ says Kate. ‘The house was large, so we didn’t need to ex­tend, but there were lots of small rooms and the lay­out felt jum­bled. We were keen to get on with re­mod­elling to make it more spa­cious and mod­ern.’

Build­ing work be­gan in Oc­to­ber and, as walls were re­moved to cre­ate a more open-plan lay­out, the re­sult­ing dust forced the fam­ily to move into a camper van on their drive­way, and use the garage as a dress­ing room. ‘It was a ridicu­lous idea and we were ut­terly mis­er­able,’ says Kate. ‘Friends even­tu­ally res­cued us, let­ting us stay with them for a few weeks while the ma­jor struc­tural work was done.’

The cou­ple had es­ti­mated that the ren­o­va­tion would cost £100,000, but they ad­mit to go­ing over the ini­tial bud­get. ‘It was mod­ernising the bones of the build­ing that tipped us over,’ says Kate. ‘For ex­am­ple, I loved the orig­i­nal, but draughty, metal-framed win­dows, so they were re­placed with sim­i­lar en­ergy ef­fi­cient glaz­ing.’

The build wasn’t with­out set­backs. ‘The win­dows were an is­sue as they were con­tin­u­ally bro­ken on site or had the wrong gas­kets so they couldn’t be fit­ted,’ Kate says. ‘It meant the job took far longer than planned.’ Thank­fully, all the build­ing is­sues were fi­nally re­solved and the Stan­leys’ home was com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Kate has dec­o­rated all the rooms in a fresh, con­tem­po­rary style. To cre­ate a sense of harmony, she chose to paint all the walls white. ‘It al­lows an in­te­rior to re­veal it­self and you can add colour later,’ she says. ‘I built on the neu­tral back­drop us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as the her­ring­bone wood floor­ing, and vi­brant colours.’

The new kitchen-diner il­lus­trates Kate’s ap­proach, with clas­sic cabi­netry in ele­gant grey and Co­rian work­tops for a con­tem­po­rary touch, lifted by sunny yel­low ac­cents. Colour­ful and quirky ac­ces­sories can be seen through­out the house. ‘I’m not big on match­ing things – I like to mix up el­e­ments that feel com­fort­able to­gether,’ says Kate.

With the build and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion com­plete, Kate re­flects on her ren­o­va­tion jour­ney: ‘It’s been won­der­ful to be able to cre­ate an in­te­rior that suits the way we live,’ she says. ‘ We hope to be the next fam­ily to live here for more than 40 years.’

les­son learnt‘ Don’ t try to defy the sea­sons. We started work in Oc­to­ber, which was the wrong time of year to be with­out a func­tion­ing home’

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MAIN BED­ROOM A mix­ture of pink hues and or­ange ac­cents lends a fem­i­nine but fun feel in here. bum­ble side ta­ble, £65, habi­tat. the tru­man ta­ble lamp, £35, Made. com, is a good match from £3,500. Candy stripe blind, from £24.75, blind­s2go, is a match 5BATH­ROOM ‘Geo­met­ric floor tiles make the room look wider,’ says Kate. Neisha Crosland lux­ury vinyl tiled floor­ing, £ 45sq m, harvey Maria2HALL The wood and painted stairs echo the blue-edged run­ner per­fectly. Stair run­ners in coir, from £22m, Al­ter­na­tive Floor­ing 3 CHILD’S BED­ROOM ‘The bed­side cab­i­nets are se­cond-hand – I painted them in Steel Sym­phony by Du­lux,’ says Kate. Sim­i­lar slat bed, £195, Mat­tress Man 4CHILD’S BED­ROOM A hand-built Austin J40 pedal car takes pride of place here. try ebay for Austin J40 pedal cars, 1 STUDY A blend of fur­ni­ture styles cre­ates a laid-back look in this gar­den-fac­ing of­fice. Funk multi-colour rug, from £205, the rug re­tailer. Al­ham­bra Patch­work pouffe has a sim­i­lar feel, £565, homes Di­rect 365. Sofa, £260, home­sense

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