Whether it’s a sky-high London penthouse or a country manor house with all its quirks, how do you make the house you always wanted into your dream home? Without a team of architects, interior designers, project managers or planning consultants to hand, chances are your vision may not materialise as you wish, or even at all. So how do you find that perfect team to make your dreams a reality?
To steer you through this potential minefield, there is a guru on hand in the form of Sandy Mitchell, whose specialist consultancy RedBook takes the guesswork and risk out of finding the right people for your project.
“Property owners with projects in London and in the country face so many challenges,” says Mitchell, who set up the agency in 2011, a few years after facing his own challenges while restoring and renovating his derelict 13th-century, Grade II-listed manor house in Berkshire. Aside from well-meaning advice and recommendations from friends, he realised there was nothing that allowed him to judge how one suggestion compared to another, or which professional might better suit his needs.
“That was when I realised there needs to be a real expert helping people launch their projects with the best possible team,” says Mitchell, whose own design credentials were honed during his time as a deputy editor of Country Life, editor on The Telegraph newspaper and design-show television presenter.