An '80s Home Transformed and Extended on a Budget

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When it comes to finding your perfect property, location is the first, and arguably the most important, issue to consider. But what happens when you find the ideal place to live but can’t find a property to match? The answer, for Daniel Pelling, was to find a blandly anonymous house for sale on the edge of an attractive village in the Surrey countryside, and transform it beyond recognition into a home for himself and his partner, Laura.

“I was working on working on renovating a house locally,” he explains, “and on my way there and back every day I passed this unassuming house that was on the market. You couldn’t have found a more typical suburban home from the 1980s, but I also knew that it backed straight onto a little stream with a huge meadow surrounded by woodland beyond. The more I drove past, the more my mind drifted towards imagining all the radical things you could do to the property to make the most of its location."

Freelance Homes Journalist

Experienced homes journalist Greg Cook has written for a number of homes titles, including Country Homes and Interiors, Good Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating, interviewing self builders and renovators. He has also written for The Guardian and The Independent.