Andrews House

Refurbishment helps property in Victoria SW1 to sell in four days

If you're planning to pay over £1m for a property, you expect it to look the part - spacious rooms, high quality kitchen and bathrooms and a contemporary interior with stylish furnishings and accessories. In this price bracket, if a property falls short of your expectations, you're likely to swiftly move on to the next viewing.

And when a client recently asked us to refurbish a property that he was selling in Victoria, SW1, the problem was clear - the combination of an awkward layout and tired bathrooms and other fittings, meant the property looked rather unloved, even though it's only around 13 years old. With a price tag of well over £1m already, it appeared prospective buyers weren't prepared to take on the extra work necessary to create the home of their dreams.

"The property was failing to attract a buyer so we decided to carry out some structural work to create a better layout," reports Amar Tufail, head of refurbishment at InStyle Direct. "We removed an internal wall to open up the main living area which had been quite narrow, giving the property a much more spacious feel. We also fitted two new bathrooms - bathrooms and kitchens are high priorities for most buyers and give a property a real 'wow' factor."

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  • Commercial Place and Office Refurbishment Service
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"Our designer, Zoe-Hayley Baksh, created a really contemporary interior for the property, bringing together some of this season's key design trends. The bright, open living space now has a really modern feel, with stunning wallpaper with a metallic print inspired by natural textures. Zoe-Hayley used neutral tones to make the room appear bigger, with a large, sand-coloured corner sofa and accents of green in soft furnishings to give a calm, peaceful feel. Furnishings are in a dark wood finish, contrasting with the light wood flooring and doors. She then chose a large, cream rug to bring all these elements together. Voile roller blinds are a simple backdrop, screening bright sunlight during the day."

"For the bedrooms, Zoe-Hayley chose a sumptuous, elegant look," continues Amar. "In the master bedroom she used a metallic, monochrome wallpaper with a bold, geometic pattern. Rich, purple tones create a luxurious space, softened by taupe accents. A leather studded chair with a side table, create a relaxing space to read. In the second bedroom, aqua wallpaper with a metallic, geometric design is a colour choice that is right on trend while white gloss and chrome bedside tables continue the minimalist style that runs throughout the apartment. In the study, a dark wood desk with brushed metal legs echoes the style of the furnishings in the living area, then Zoe-Hayley added some bright artwork and accessories to add interest to a small room."

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  • Commercial Place and Office Refurbishment Service
  • Commercial Place and Office Refurbishment Service

The result is a cool, contemporary and very stylish look - and buyers certainly fell in love with the property. It sold in four days - for £1.5m. In fact, they loved the furnishings so much they bought them too!