‘When I looked through the window and could see part of the garden, too, I was sold.’ Having taken on redecoration projects in the past, Liz and Dave weren’t put off by the amount of work needed to bring the interior up to date.
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We had the electricians in for about a month,’ recalls Liz.
‘We were just so pleased that we hadn’t re-plastered or re-carpeted the house before we found out.’ All the work took around two months to sort out but, as the couple didn’t have a stringent budget or strict timescale, it didn’t hinder their plans.
‘I’m a visual person and there are so many looks that I love that I end up mixing styles throughout the house,’ she explains.
‘Plus, we’ve owned much of our furniture for many years, so the inspiration for new décor often comes from one of the pieces that we already own.’ Rooms including the living room and the separate snug have a subtle Moroccan/Middle Eastern theme, an idea that was based on existing furniture, including the fire surround and large day bed, as well as fabrics discovered while travelling.Although a dated 1970s property might not be everyone’s idea of a perfect home, as soon as Liz and Dave Every set eyes on the house, they knew they were going to buy it before they’d stepped inside and seen any of the rooms.‘As we approached the house, I had already made the decision that we were going to have it,’ explains Liz.Liz and Dave loved the look of the folding-sliding doors so much that they wanted to achieve the same design with the conservatory that leads through from the living room.‘The old conservatory was leaking so we had it knocked down and a new one built with the same footprint, featuring the same frames as the kitchen doors.‘Apart from those three main issues, the house was liveable when we moved in, so there was no pressure to get everything else finished quickly.’ Over the next three years, Liz and Dave transformed the house inside and out, gradually creating their perfect home.