Jacqueline Georgiou and her husband were living in London and decided it was an ideal time to look for a home a bit further out of the City where their three young children could enjoy a more tranquil setting and plenty of green spaces on their doorstep.
Jacqueline explains, “We’d really enjoyed London life but with the children growing up fast and the eldest getting close to starting senior school we decided now would be the ideal time to relocate out to Surrey and find our perfect long-term family home. We moved into a rented property in nearby Windlesham so we could begin our search in a good position to move quickly when the right house came on the market.”
When the 1920’s detached farmhouse style property came up for sale in a lovely quiet location in Chobham the couple could see the potential to create the home and space they had dreamed of.
“We absolutely loved the home, it offered the location and size we wanted, however we felt that the existing configuration just didn’t make the most of the space. So we bought the house knowing we would be taking on quite a major build project, but the end result would be our dream family home.”
At the core of the couples design vision was to create a light and spacious home which blended Georgian inspired design elements with contemporary styles, and once planning permissions were in place the project commenced.
“It was a big job. To a certain degree we took out everything but the external four walls and roof and started again. Upstairs wasn’t such a major job, we moved a few walls to improve the bedroom and bathroom layouts and tweaked the existing loft conversion to create a nicer aesthetic internally and externally, including softening the dormer windows and adding Georgian touches to the exterior.
“The ground floor is where we completely reinvented the space. Previously the kitchen had sat at the back of the property, quite small and dark, so we decided to move this and designed a large kitchen that would extend across the full left hand side of the home. We were then able to create a large welcoming hallway which would lead through to the living room, home office, playroom and a guest bedroom on the other side of the home.”
“The revised layout was all about creating a feeling of space and a natural flow, and also ensuring each room was positioned to benefit from heaps of natural light from the new Georgian style windows and doors we were installing. It was such a contrast to the previous dark and disjointed layout.”
The couple were installing stone floors in the new kitchen space and wanted real wood flooring throughout the rest of the downstairs. “A friend of mine recommend V4 Wood Flooring and as they are based just a short drive from us we popped in to view their floors. Key to the brief was finding large, generously sized planks to accentuate the open and modern design we were creating, so they immediately pointed us in the direction of the Landscapes Collection.”
Landscapes comprises beautifully hand-crafted larger sized oak boards which give impressive scale to any size space. Produced with European Oak, each planks surface is hand treated to deliver unique wood floor colours inspired by the natural tones found in our organic landscape, and at an impressive 2200mm long and 240mm wide the extra wide nature of the planks really emphasise a feeling of space and flow.
“We loved the proportions of the boards so it was just a case of deciding which of the surface colours was right for us. We took away samples and once they were in the home we were both drawn to the light tones of Water Meadow. We did toy with a darker option as we were planning to keep the walls quite minimalist and light, but on reflection we felt a lighter oak would work really well with the Georgian inspired bespoke cabinetry we had planned for most of the rooms. The two styles would create the perfect blend of classic and contemporary we wanted.”
The builders on the project completed the installation of the wood floors in under a week, with the boards being installed over underfloor heating which features throughout the downstairs of the home.
“Going against their advice that wood floors tend to be installed so the planks lay vertically as you enter the front door, I was really keen to have them laid horizontally across the entrance hallway. The space was big enough and this orientation would really highlight the wide hallway and create an impressive welcome.”
Bespoke panel style cabinetry has been added in the hallway, living room, playroom and home office, giving each of these spaces the Georgian infusion the couple wanted, along with an impressive wine rack built under the stairs – quite the welcome for guests.
“We were lucky as we were able to stay in our rented home until most of the work was complete. It was a joy to finally move in after months of hard work and we are absolutely loving being in our new family home.
“I am so pleased we went with the lighter oak tones of Landscapes Water Meadow. The planks are such an impressive size that the floors become a feature in their own right, complementing the bespoke cabinetry and delivering such a modern, light and spacious feel throughout the home.
“They are so easy to live with and feel so natural and warm underfoot. And as you can imagine with three young children it’s a busy household, but they are standing up to the test with no problem at all, and are super easy to keep clean.
“We’ve still got some work to do to complete the living room and will no doubt continue to add more soft touches and artwork to some of the spaces, but after a year of waiting we are absolutely thrilled with the finished home and couldn’t be happier with how the wood floors complete the downstairs spaces.”