Scandia-Hus Case Studies -

On Time and Budget

During the pandemic, when working from home became the new normal, it quickly became clear to Zoe and Niall that with three young girls, the family were rapidly growing out of their traditional, top-heavy terrace.

Self Build Surrey

They started their search for a new home with a clear brief; a spacious, open, and airy property that would comfortably accommodate two people working from home. Dedicated offices and a sociable living space were key features, along with a private drive and a safe area for their children to play.

Timber Panel Front Door

At the time, the housing market was exceptionally active, as the people of London seemed to be collectively moving out of the bustling city into the surrounding commuter belt, which was where Zoe and Niall were located. There were limited properties available, and nothing could be found that was suitable for the family.

Large Kitchen Island Design

Eventually, they discovered a plot of land that had planning permission in place, and the location was ideal; just outside of Reigate in Surrey, south of the M25, at the end of a leafy road in a private part of the town, close to the train station and local amenities. Scandia-Hus had obtained approval for two dwellings to be built on the plot, one of which was being constructed for the owners of the land, and the other was being developed by the company for sale.

Quartz Kitchen Worktop

Zoe and Niall fell in love with the idea of a new build, having lived in contemporary properties abroad, the couple had struggled on their return to the UK with steep stairs, narrow hallways, damp, condensation, and draughty, single-glazed windows in their Victorian home. They became enthusiastic about moving to a warm, light and energy-efficient property.

Quartz Island Worktop

Meeting Derek, Scandia’s Managing Director, and experiencing the quality finishes in the company’s show homes in East Grinstead, the pair became inspired and were thrilled to have the opportunity to create a bespoke space personalised to suit their lifestyle; the large open-plan kitchen they desired became the heart of their new home, with a sociable island unit fitted with an impressive quartz worktop which dominates the contemporary space.

Sociable Kitchen Space

The interiors have been heavily influenced by the couple’s time living and travelling abroad, where they grew to love features such as multi-functional living spaces, minimalist design, large windows and built-in storage.

Sociable Kitchen Island

The decor is light and bright with a warm, laid-back vibe that flows from room to room. The home needs to facilitate work, rest, and play, so the couple were keen on a pared-back look. To keep the space from feeling too busy, fixtures and fittings were selected for their simplicity and functionality.

Neutral Bathroom Scheme

Whilst the inside of the house is extremely personal to the family, representing their adventures together, the exterior was designed to blend in with the surroundings. A traditional look, with clay tiles hung to the upper floor and brick cladding beneath, is a typical finish in the Southeast of the UK.

Bespoke Shower Room

Within a year, on time and budget, the house was complete. The couple attributes the efficiency to Scandia’s project management skills and clear communication. The pair have loved working with Scandia-Hus, feeling listened to and understood, and are, understandably, proud of the home that they’ve been able to build together.

Contemporary Bathroom Design

“We loved working with Scandia; people would constantly remark how incredible they found it that we stuck to time and budget – this was all as a result of the excellent project management and clear communications. Even now, one year on, Scandia continue to be responsive, and no request is ever too much of a bother for them. I’m really proud of the home we’ve built – it’s just such a lovely place to be. The kitchen is the heart of this home and it’s my absolute favourite spot. Every adventure we’ve been on up to this point somehow shows up in this property and so it feels really representative of us and a happy place infused with happy memories.”

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