Positioned on a slow, winding stretch of the river, popular with boat owners, the 1960s-built house is on a gentle incline that reaches down to the water’s edge. It was designed in the style of a chalet bungalow and, although the interior was in a good condition when the couple moved in, the décor was a little old-fashioned and the layout didn’t work.
While the style might not have been to their taste, Erica and Andy could see that it had masses of potential. ‘I am sure it must have been modern in its day,’ Erica says, ‘but despite its stunning setting, there weren’t any good views of the river upstairs, and we decided that if we were going to renovate the house, we would update the whole place in one go to get it looking exactly the way we wanted.’
Their initial ideas soon turned into a major project, which included opening up the space on the ground floor to create an open-plan layout, and putting on a new roof, as well as reconfiguring the space on the first floor to create three bedrooms, a family bathroom, plus a dressing room and a luxurious en suite for the main bedroom.
The owners: Erica Job, who runs her own property development company, and husband Andy, a gas trader, live here with their sons Ethan, 16, and Lewis, 14
The property: A three-bedroom, 1960s detached house
The location: Chertsey, Surrey
What they spent: The couple’s bathroom project cost around £40,000, which includes the cost of the new roof
The roof height of the chalet-style bungalow was increased, not only extending the loft space, but also giving the couple the scope to add sliding doors and a contemporary balcony to the master bedroom. All the upstairs rooms are built in to the roof. The raised roof gave the family much more space, and a new window and rooflight provided plenty of light in the bathroom.
There was only one area of the room high enough to provide headroom for the shower and Erica chose one of the largest shower trays she could find to create a big, roomy enclosure. The shower tray is an Ideal Standard model, from Doble Bathrooms Direct, and the Hansgrohe showerhead is from Showers Taps. Pyrford Interiors made the bespoke walnut unit, with
When it came to the bath, the couple went for a larger model to make use of the space under the rooflight. A white LED light, from QS Supplies, under the rim of the Duravit Darling bath, creates an ambient focal point in the evening. The New Glory matt white and white décor wall tiles have all been supplied by Walton Bathrooms.
Fire and Ice floor tiles by Villeroy & Boch add interest but keep to the room’s neutral palette. The Metro frameless shower enclosure is from Livinghouse. The Afon WC, also from Livinghouse, matches the basin, and the Catalunya walnut interior door is from Todd Doors.
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