AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011 - (Page 144)

We played the renovation game (and made over£100,000) It took six months’ planning and living on a building site, but Andrew’s house refurbishment was a complete success How to spend less and still get the desired result was one lesson Andrew Dunning and his partner (also called Andrew) learnt when renovating their north London Victorian terrace house. It was their second project – with the first, Andrew they splashed out on high-end products Dunning like earth tiles. ‘We knew we had to keep a close eye on costs this time around,’ Andrew recalls. The property originally belonged to Andrew’s opposite neighbours who bought it 15 years before. During that time few improvements had been made, but Andrew could see that the place had huge potential. A deal was struck and Andrew bought the three-bedroom house for a very reasonable £330,000. He calculated that to bring it up to standard he would need to spend £70,000. Andrew was no amateur at home improvements. With the first project he had time on his hands having just been made redundant from a lucrative job in the city, and spent six months working alongside a builder, picking up tips and valuable experience first-hand. ‘When it came to my next project I had a much better understanding of what should be done,’ he says. All in the planning For a job of this size, careful thinking USE SPOT and forward planning were essential LIGHTING TO he realised, and so the couple decided CREATE CHIC WALL SPACE to live in the property – ‘in its raw state’ – for a whole six months. In this way, they were able to get a feel for its interior and let their ideas gradually take shape on site. ‘We had chosen and specified everything during this time after doing a lot of research on the cost of materials. This meant we got the best prices,’ says Andrew. ‘Often people underestimate the extent of planning that’s involved with refurbishment and fail to appreciate how many decisions have to be made. They end up being forced to make big purchases at the last minute, without having time to look at all the possible options – and the upshot is they spend more money than is actually necessary.’ > DESIGN TIP: 144 | MAY 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011

Editor’s letter
A word from Sarah
Spring sensation
Big-name bedrooms
Brilliant buys for your home
House talk
Home horrors
Areas on the up
Property perfectionist
Mortgage mania
Solicitor’s service
a penny for your thouGhts
Housing hotshot
Wise up
Flying the nest
Making the ideal become real
Boost your build
Feeling lofty
Garden plotting
When cracks appear
Window shopping
Stay toasty
Warm up
Success story
Top transformation
Greenovate your home
Eco boost
Organic ignition
Green queens
Solve those dilemmas
Splash of colour
Bed down in style
Lounge around
Kitchens and bathrooms
Bubble up
Shower power
Instant illumination
Floor wars
The carpet market
Tip-top tiles
Tools of the trade
Fresh air furnishings
Grill thrills
Picnic perfect
Green supreme
Diary date
Kerb appeal
Up top
Brick cladding
Groovy garages
Lodge life
Go your own way
Car booty
Clock ticker
Coming soon
On the list
Listed lovelies

AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011