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CONTEMPORARY overhaul

Inspired by the sleek lines of Californian architecture, Mark Reeves transformed his north London home into a stylish, modern place to live
PHOTOS CHRIS SNOOK

It was on his annual trip to the United States that Mark Reeves felt the first sparks of inspiration that would eventually lead to the contemporary makeover of his detached house in Pinner, north London. “We stopped off in LA and did the Hollywood bus tour around all the fancy houses,” he says. “The properties were super slick and modern, with a clean, streamlined finish.”

Mark’s taste hasn’t always tended towards the contemporary. “I’m a chartered surveyor by profession, and I used to be into older buildings,” he says. “My first house was a derelict 140-year-old property with beams and Victorian fireplaces. Now, my preferences have gone through a 180-degree shift – the old stuff just doesn’t do it for me any more. I like the crisp lines of modern architecture.”

As the owner of numerous rental properties, Mark decided to sell several of these to release enough capital to take on his own drastic renovation. Despite the fact that he’d tackled various construction projects before in his role as landlord and chartered surveyor, he’d never undertaken such a design-focused overhaul himself. “I’d been in my previous home for 11 years at the point when I started hunting for a new property,” he says. “I thought I’d seize the opportunity to do something really striking for myself.”

FACT FILE

NAME Mark Reeves

OCCUPATION Chartered surveyor

LOCATION London

TYPE OF PROJECT Renovation & extension, including loft conversion

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Brick & block

PROJECT ROUTE Architect designed, homeowner project managed

PLOT SIZE 0.25 acres

PROPERTY COST £810,000

BOUGHT October 2014

HOUSE SIZE 340m2

PROJECT COST £413,500

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,216

TOTAL COST £1,223,500

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED October 2015

BUILDING WORK TOOK 76 weeks

CURRENT VALUE £1,800,000

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