Corner House in Peckham is a new build development with a difference. Sara Mungeam is not interested, like so many other developers, in producing bland properties with no character, designed to appeal to everyone and no one in particular, with the only view of making profit as quickly as possible.
For Sara property development is her passion. She is obsessed with interiors, constantly scouring for inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest, in magazines and even commercial spaces like restaurants.
She first got into property development in 2013 when she renovated her first project together with a friend. Not being a trained interior designer she learned a lot from her first experience. She worked on several big projects since then, each taking at least 2 years and each increasing in floor space. Her previous two projects were conversions. The latest project – Corner House in Peckham is a new build.
When working on her projects Sara is always looking to create wow factor. At the time when she was starting most developers were men producing developments with bog standard bland finishes and she felt there was scope for interesting design features.
Corner house is a really architectural built with birch ply wall panelling, tongue and groove, micro concrete cement in the shower and an abundance of Scandinavian brands. Attention is given to every single little thing up to light switches.
Sara believes in spending where it matters. For example, in one of the projects, instead of Velux windows she decided to use a large pane of glass. It was a few more thousands overall, but in the end she made her money back.
Sara knows well where to splash out but also where to save: white sanitary wear, cheap baths and budget basins will do just as good a job and great looking taps can be found in places like Victoria Plum. Among her favourites are also Lusso Stone and Dowsing and Reynolds.
For kitchen units she chooses to use Howdens, Ikea or B&Q carcasses that are just as long lasting as more expensive brands and then gets builders to create bespoke fronts that she teams up with really good quality splash backs. Same goes for fitted wardrobes – she uses bespoke fronts with Ikea Pax carcasses. Nowadays there are also quite a few companies that specialise in fronts for Ikea furniture, such as Superfront, Plykea, Naked Kitchens.
When asked where she would choose to spend rather than save, she recommends always choosing decent wooden flooring (like an outfit – shoes can set off an outfit and it’s important to get that right). Tiles don’t necessarily have to cost the earth, but it’s important to spend time to get samples and choose right and know how to mix cheap and more expensive ones.
In search of good deals Sara also makes sure to spend time trawling through websites and visiting sample sales.
Featured image by @bendandersphotographer.
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