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HOMES


New kitchen and family room extension


Edwardian Restoration


Tony Kane meets a local couple who followed their dream and restored their Wimbledon home to its former glory


‘I’m an old fashioned girl,’ explained Dee Phelan as she showed me around her house in Wimbledon. ‘I loved restoring the house to its original style and period.’ The story began in 2006 when Dee and her long-term partner Dev decided to move from Dev’s Putney flat to Dee’s Wimbledon home - one of two flats bought in 1985. Having purchased the other (lower) flat in 2006, they made the decision to restore the two flats back into one house, and began to search for a builder who would carry out their wishes. ‘We talked to about eight prospective builders and eventually settled on Monumental Construction run by Martin Dunne and his father Phil to work with local architect Terry Crook.’


The house had been ‘modernised’ over a long period and the challenge was to bring it back to its original Edwardian charm while at the same time doubling its capacity and adhering to the restrictions of todays’ building regulations.


‘For a start,’ said Dev, ‘we decided to keep to the basic layout and resisted the modern idea of knocking all the ground


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