My husband, David, and I are both from Manchester but had moved to Essex for work back in 2005,’ says Anita. ‘We actually rented this place for a year before the owner decided to put it on the market and, after looking at several other properties for sale, we put in an offer, which was accepted. The interior of the house was dated and every room needed redecorating – something I was keen to get started on as soon as possible.
We began by knocking the three downstairs rooms at the back of the house into one large kitchen-diner and refurbishing the kitchen itself. The new open-plan layout is fantastic for our family, and it immediately made the whole space feel bigger and brighter. We cook, eat, play, entertain and relax here.
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