Extending a Georgian home

Gee and Marcus Robinson have refurbished and extended a Georgian property to create a beautiful yet practical family home of two halves

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Serial renovator Gee Robinson has tackled five properties in the last seven years, but after completing her latest mammoth project, the mother of four has decided to hang up her hard hat for a while so she can enjoy the fruits of her labour.

Along with husband Marcus, who she met in London while working as a HR manager, Gee spent an intensive nine months overseeing the transformation of the dated four-bedroom Georgian house into a luxurious family home.

‘We’d already completed the renovation of another Georgian property nearby, set in seven acres, but I found our old house too large, always freezing cold and difficult to run, with high maintenance costs,’ says Gee. ‘We wanted to create a more modest-sized home that would be less expensive to run, warm and cosy, and easier to look after.’

Fact file

  • The owners: Gee Robinson, a housewife, and her husband Marcus, a management consultant, live here with their four children, Freddy, 15, Archie, 14, Milo, 12, and Matilda, six
  • The property: A five-bedroom Georgian house 
  • The location: Corbridge, Northumberland
  • What they spent: The couple bought the house and outbuildings for £875,000 in 2010 and have spent around £700,000 on renovating and extending it. The property has recently been valued at around £1.75million 

Finding the property

Living just up the road, the Robinsons had spotted this house for sale but knew the owners had struggled to sell it for two years. ‘They’d taken it off the market, but we’d been observing the situation and decided to knock on the door and ask them to consider selling privately,’ says Gee. The house met all the criteria the couple had set out: it had the right number of bedrooms, it was closer to the village – which was a huge advantage for their children – and the garden was big enough. ‘There were also outbuildings to extend into, meaning that we could design the house so the children could be in one side and adults in the other,’ she adds.

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Stylish silver pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang over the dining table and chairs from Broomley Furniture, next to a display of crockery by Emma Bridgewater

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The costs

Building work£310,000
Kitchen£55,000
Sound system£55,000
Furniture and soft furnishings£46,300
Plumbing, wood-burners and underfloor heating£42,000
Plastering£31,000
Windows, doors and staircases£31,000
Decoration£21,500
Bathrooms£18,000
Solar panels£17,000
Driveway£16,000
Electrics£14,000
Alarm, entry system and garage doors£10,500
Garden cabin, pergola and greenhouse£9,500
Tree work and fencing£8,000
Coving£7,800
Flooring and carpets£7,400
TOTAL£700,000