This five bedroom house in Wimbledon has been entirely transformed to create a wonderful family home
Words Pearl Boyd
Alex Chamberlain lives in Wimbledon with her husband Greg and their two young daughters Elsie and Molly. R&M Lines completely refurbished the family’s five bedroom Wimbledon home. The house was extended and adapted with curving, full width folding doors, which open out onto the garden. The final effect has a nautical feel, filling the family home with space and light.
Alex: ‘The house is not recognisable as the one we bought. Originally it was curved on one side and gabled on other. R&M Lines had worked on my last property, so I knew they were a great team and I trusted them. R&M lines recommended an architect and it was important for me to use a team that had worked together. We knew we didn’t want a standard box extension on the back of the house, which is why we arrived at the concept of the wavy doors and curves on the extension. We also wanted all views to show-off the garden. R&M Lines were part of the whole process and involved at every stage, so we felt confident that our plans were achievable from a building perspective.’
‘I built up a really good relationship with my Project Manager Tom. It was fantastic having someone I could trust to oversee the whole process because you can’t be there the whole time. I also enjoyed being part of the creative side – Tom understood what I needed and had a really good eye. He was fantastic at making suggestions: from cupboard handles and statement colour schemes, to making the right structural decisions and harnessing the potential of the space. R&M Lines have a strong specialist team who undertake different aspects of the refurbishment and building work. It was a very smooth process; the company have a great work ethic and employ talented individuals who care about what they do and about your home.’
‘R&M Lines’ aftercare really sets them apart and they are always at the end of the phone when you need them. This is why I came back to them for the house. I previously used them for the conversion of the garage into a gym. It is one of my favourite parts of the house which I use every day.’
‘As a family it has made us incredibly happy because we love our home and I spend more time there than I ever used to. It gives the kids great security and is a fun place to invite their friends to.’
‘It has also become the social hub of our family and friends. We now have more gatherings, see more people and entertain much more than ever before because we have such a wonderful and sociable space.’
‘We also wanted our home to be ‘future-proof’. The space is ideal for a young family but obviously kids aren’t kids forever. R&M Lines helped us choose stunning cupboards and fittings, so in time a playroom can become a grown-up space or somewhere the girls can do their homework.’
Alex wanted the home to have ‘fun elements’ but also be functional and adapt to their lifestyle. This included a drop ceiling in one of the living areas with disco lights and ambient lighting depending on the mood.
The master bedroom’s en-suite has a walk-in dressing room, accessed directly from the shower and leading back into the house, meaning that Greg can avoid disturbing his family when he gets up for work early.
Attention to detail also included low-level lighting that meant children could visit the bathroom at night without needing to switch on the lights.