Is Your Home Stuck in a Time Warp? I have a solution for you...

Do you remember your house hunting experience?  Have you ever walked into a house or apartment and thought:  "There is no way I could live here..."

Of course, if it is the size of it (and no opportunity or money to extend) or location there is not much you can do.  However, I find so many people are put off by the look and feel of the property and struggle to see past the current decor.  

I would always say that if the property ticks the boxes that are out of your control (location, neighbours, schools, etc) the rest can be changed.  And it is often a great opportunity to put your own unique stamp on the property and make it suit your lifestyle and needs.

To me, nothing beats those type of projects.  Taking an unloved, tired, dated and neglected for years property and transforming it is a challenge I'd always happily rise to.

And it is not always about spending mega money.  It is about seeing the potential, knowing where to spend and where to save and having an eye for those small details that make all the difference.

Take this small cottage in a prime location in a very picturesque part of Surrey.  It was a classic example of what years of neglect can do to a property.  It looked dated, drab and totally uninspiring.  

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The layout, the colours, the furniture - everything felt wrong... The owners were a lovely young couple who after years of renting the property out wanted to finally move in and enjoy their new home.  They knew they wanted something dramatically different but needed help.

We opened up the ground floor space by taking down a couple of walls, put in the new kitchen and bathroom, changed the flooring throughout, created some flexible lighting on the ground floor and redecorated throughout peeling off the layers of ghastly colours and glossy paint.

We wanted to create that relaxed, soft Scandi-inspired  look using a palette of soft blue/green/greys, mid-tone wood and the furniture and accessories that actually fit the space.  The main part of the project has been finished but it is still work in progress with lots of furniture that we have selected still to arrive.  And then it is down to adding those finishing touches - art and family pictures on the walls, comfy throws, rugs, lots of greenery, brass accents to add some warmth and lots of candles... What's there not to like now?  This is more my kind of home...

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And take my word for it, things don't have to cost a fortune to look good.  There is something out there for every style and budget.  You just need to believe that it is all possible... And the best part of it all?  Having that lovely couple who were nervous about what could be done to turn that property around, and how it could all be done on a tight budget, and managed remotely, feeling really happy with the end result and excited about coming back to their new home.   This is what they said... and it has made my day... "My husband and I live in Los Angeles and we decided to move back to the UK. We bought a very small and very outdated house in Godalming and hired Elena to completely renovate it so it could be ready for us to move into on our return.  Naturally, we were nervous about hiring someone who we had never met in person (and wouldn't actually meet until the project was over) but we found Elena on Houzz and after a quick skype call we knew she was someone we could trust and decided to go for it. Well, it was the best decision we could possibly have made. We had a very small budget and a rough idea of what we wanted to achieve. We knew we wanted to replace basically everything in the house and to knock down a wall. Other than that our direction was 'modern, light, and clean'. Somehow Elena managed to come back to us with a design for the house that was even better than we were imagining. She is so good at what she does and she wasn't afraid to challenge us either! She made a couple of recommendations that we weren't sure about but she assured us we would love them, and now they are our favourite things about the house. Elena has great relationships with fantastic contractors that she hired for the project. She kept them on schedule and within budget. She actually managed to save money along the way that we could put into features that we previously thought we couldn't afford.  Since we were working with Elena on an 8 hour time difference, we thought communication might have been difficult, but she was so responsive to the hundreds of emails we sent her, and always willing to set up a skype call. She provided regular updates and photos, and made the whole process really easy for us.  The end result was amazing. You wouldn't believe it was the same house. She really transformed our place and we absolutely love it." Thank you guys.. It means a lot to me and makes it all worth it in the end... Bye for now Elena

And take my word for it, things don't have to cost a fortune to look good.  There is something out there for every style and budget.  You just need to believe that it is all possible...

And the best part of it all?  Having that lovely couple who were nervous about what could be done to turn that property around, and how it could all be done on a tight budget, and managed remotely, feeling really happy with the end result and excited about coming back to their new home.  

This is what they said... and it has made my day...

"My husband and I live in Los Angeles and we decided to move back to the UK. We bought a very small and very outdated house in Godalming and hired Elena to completely renovate it so it could be ready for us to move into on our return. 

Naturally, we were nervous about hiring someone who we had never met in person (and wouldn't actually meet until the project was over) but we found Elena on Houzz and after a quick skype call we knew she was someone we could trust and decided to go for it.

Well, it was the best decision we could possibly have made. We had a very small budget and a rough idea of what we wanted to achieve. We knew we wanted to replace basically everything in the house and to knock down a wall. Other than that our direction was 'modern, light, and clean'.

Somehow Elena managed to come back to us with a design for the house that was even better than we were imagining. She is so good at what she does and she wasn't afraid to challenge us either! She made a couple of recommendations that we weren't sure about but she assured us we would love them, and now they are our favourite things about the house.

Elena has great relationships with fantastic contractors that she hired for the project. She kept them on schedule and within budget. She actually managed to save money along the way that we could put into features that we previously thought we couldn't afford. 

Since we were working with Elena on an 8 hour time difference, we thought communication might have been difficult, but she was so responsive to the hundreds of emails we sent her, and always willing to set up a skype call. She provided regular updates and photos, and made the whole process really easy for us. 

The end result was amazing. You wouldn't believe it was the same house. She really transformed our place and we absolutely love it.
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Thank you guys.. It means a lot to me and makes it all worth it in the end...

Bye for now

Elena