Sarah Beeny's Renovate Don't Relocate Show
BetterLivingSpace Provides Structural Engineering Expertise on
Sarah Beeny's Renovate, Don't Relocate
Discovery+, 12th July 2021, 8pm
BetterLivingSpace had the pleasure of providing structural engineering expertise on Sarah Beeny's Renovate Don't Relocate show, advising on a property in South Woking owned by local resident Irene.
Irene moved into the property with her husband in 1976. Now living on her own and a grandmother to a pair of lively 3-year old twins and a 7-year old, Irene plays an active role in the daytime supervision of her grandchildren.
"My daughter has a demanding career as an accountant and often works from home. The ideal scenario for me was to be able to bring my grandchildren back to my house, so that they could run around and make noise during the working day. But in order to do this, several changes needed to be made to the property."
"I used to have a fireplace in the living room and the adjoining kitchen was laid out in a L-shape, making it near impossible for me to keep an eye on the grandchildren while I was preparing food. I was constantly worried about the twins approaching the the fireplace, so I used to barricade around it with cushions to keep them away!"
"I was a long term fan of the Sarah Beeny show 'Renovate, Don't Relocate', so when I received a small retirement lump sum I was inspired to take the plunge and apply; never once truly believing I would be successful. I have very little flair for design or colour, so when I received the phone call to say I had been selected for filming I was over the moon."
With Sarah Beeny providing the architectural design to reconfigure the existing kitchen and living room, BetterLivingSpace was called in to supply the structural engineering expertise. We provided the structural calculations and design framework to allow Irene to open up the back of her house and obtain a flush finish on each side, using a picture or box frame structure.
"The day BetterLivingSpace came at my home to film I was absolutely delighted. Being able to walk through my existing home with Ed and talk through how the changes would take place from a structural perspective really brought the designs to life and gave me the full perspective of how the changes would integrate with my existing home."
"Working with Ed was fantastic. He really took the time to ensure everything was clearly explained and when I had questions I was absolutely confident I could reach out to him for answers. Going through this project on my own was quite overwhelming, so I really appreciated his calm and informative approach. All in all, I felt very lucky to be able to benefit from Ed's professional knowledge, guidance and support.
Irene's renovation project is now complete and she is delighted with the results.
"I cannot believe how this renovation has changed my life. Having a spacious, yet cosy, modern environment makes me so happy and relaxed in my retirement years. Better still, I can now bring the grandchildren to my house because the new more open and safer layout makes this possible."
Watch BetterLivingSpace on the Sarah Beeny Renovate, Don't Relocate show on Monday 12th July at 8pm on Discovery+.