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Labour of love sees house transformed
Published 10/03/14

A property in Berkshire Road, Henley has been beautifully renovated by the current owners to a high specification after they had a vision to transform it.

The house was untouched since the Fifties, and owner Laura Reineke said it could not have been lived in as it was. Having renovated two other homes in Henley, Laura and her husband Antony were well versed in transforming properties that were crying out for a little TLC.

They wanted to create a contemporary home that was bright and airy and comfortable for them and their three children. They had owned the property for four years, and the project took about 12 months to complete. Now the house provides light and spacious living accommodation throughout.

The entrance hall opens through to the sitting room with feature open fireplace and window to the front while the sitting room leads through to the dining area and on to the kitchen with two sets of double doors opening on to the terrace and garden.

The kitchen is fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units, large central island with Maia work surfaces and integrated appliances.

There is also a family room/study and cloakroom. To the first floor the master bedroom has an ensuite shower room and a dressing area with a range of fitted wardrobes.

There are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The kitchen is a triumph with roof-lights that let the natural light flood in and means the room is the hub of the home where the family gathers for all manner of social events. But Laura added for her, the best room in the house is her dressing room.

The couple, who own Henley jewellers Studio 35 in Duke Street, Henley, had to overcome a number of issues during the process.

The render on the exterior is a special low maintenance material which could not be put on during the cold and they worked through the coldest winter for years.

Laura, a musician and music teacher, said: “We also experienced a theft from the building site and suffered some water leaks.” But she added that a lot of positive things came out of it.

“We had no water at one point and used to go next door for a shower – we had such good neighbours – in fact the entire road has lovely people.”

Laura and the children, one who attends Trinity and two who attend Cranford House, also de-camped to her mum’s house for a time while Antony stayed behind to maintain security on the site. To the front of the property there is off street parking for two vehicles and

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Published 10/03/14

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