5 Ways This Home was Transformed Without Planning Permission

remodelled and extended home with timber cladding
(Image credit: Jonathan Gooch)

Moving away from their life in West London was not originally Kay Surman and Jon Doughty’s plan, but after taking on a renovation out of town to fund a property with more outdoor space in Chiswick, things soon changed. 

The Boathouse – a 1970s modernist self build on a plot adjacent to the River Thames – soon gained Jon and Kay’s affection. They couldn’t bear to sell it on and decided to instead make it their home. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.