From kitchen renovation to full house renovation - the owner’s of this Surrey property are thrilled with their updated home.
WORDS Mina Phillips
Originally, the owners of this four-bedroom home in Surrey wanted to keep their renovation project small, through a kitchen update. However, after considering the renovation possibilities, they decided to renovate their entire home. After a consultation with Refresh Renovations specialist Kelley Malcher, they knew they had found a company that could carry out the project to a high standard.
House renovation wish-list
“Our clients originally wanted to update their kitchen, but soon realised that their aspirations were to redesign the house into their dream forever home”, explains Kelley. “This family home had two nicely sized reception rooms at the front of the property, but a small porch and hallway, and a small quirky shaped kitchen/breakfast room that didn't suit a growing family. It also had a 1970's conservatory that wasn't accessible from inside the house, wasn't insulated and was therefore unused by the family.”
Kelley and her team provided the family with end-to-end project management and one point of contact, ensuring the renovation was an enjoyable experience.
“We work long hours in London, so we needed a company to fully project manage the house extension and refurbishment”, tells the homeowner. “I can’t praise the level of communication from the team highly enough. The software they use allowed me to see what was being done each day, and I had access to photos, videos, costings, and change orders.”
Refresh Renovations helped us to see the potential in our home and create something truly special
One of the focus areas of the renovation was to create open plan living spaces through a rear and side extension.
“We created a stunning open plan family living space that opens out onto the garden seamlessly through a patio with matching indoor/outdoor large format porcelain tiles”, notes Kelley. “Separating inside and out are gorgeous glass sliding doors with slimline aluminium frames that match the new windows throughout the house. The windows slide back with a fly-away corner creating a great indoor/outdoor entertaining space.”
Kelley notes that, especially with the large areas of clay soil that can be found in Surrey, foundation work can be complicated. Nevertheless, the ground floor extension was carried out; providing space to create new rooms and areas throughout the house.
New and revived rooms
A children’s playroom was created, featuring a neutral colour palette and safety features such as soft flooring and out of reach power points.
A kitchen and dining area was designed, which includes traditional style cabinetry, diner-style corner seating and a central dining table next to a chic kitchen island. From there, the space leads through to a sun-soaked lounge room, which sits under a generous skylight. A separate kitchen was also installed, to be used as a preparation and utility room.
Other room installations include a boot room, a water closet, a plant and server room and two new double bedrooms. Each room exudes comfort, luxury and intricate attention to detail.
Additionally, the homeowners requested a high-end garage with electric doors and bespoke shelving units, which Kelley and her team created for them.
The final result
“We have boarded the loft space and given a generous access hatch and staircase to make the space more usable”, says Kelley. “The whole house has been stylishly updated with new windows, flooring, wall coverings, woodwork, cabinetry, and furnishings. Our clients can now enjoy new air conditioning, underfloor heating and smart home technology - which controls lighting, temperature, air quality, security, and audio systems. Creating such a large space with so much glass, it was imperative that we considered air conditioning along with the wet underfloor heating system.”
“Refresh Renovations helped us to see the potential in our home and create something truly special”, beams Kelley’s client. “We love it, we feel that our home life quality has significantly improved as a direct result of the renovations done by Refresh. They have added value to the property, which is a bonus.
“I am so proud of the home that Kelley Malcher and her Refresh Renovations team have created for me and my family.”
Kelley’s client nominated Refresh Renovations, Surrey for the 2019 Master Builders Award.
To read about her full renovation experience see Refresh Renovations Surrey - Master Builder 2019 nomination
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