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Enjoyable sustainable renovations

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS with  Valerie Couillard

Home designer


Sustainability renovator

Free discovery call

EMPOWER HOUR -  from £190

Get inspiration, clarity and identify your next steps


Tap into my creative space configuration superpowers and get actionable ideas to transform your own home. This bespoke consultation is aligned with your space and priorities.

This is for you if you want to:

  • Mainly discuss interior design aspects
  • Improve use and feeling of space
  • Improve storage and functionality
  • Adapt your home to recent or upcoming life transitions
  • Relocate or create a utility section
  • Explore the possibility of minor structural changes such as creating doorways, partitions or partially opening walls
  • Get a sense costs, timelines, and scope
  • Know which building construction professionals are likely to be required for your project and how to hire them
  • Explore climate friendly materials, improve energy efficiency and ensure sustainability
Book Interior Design Consultation £190


Before instructing an architect (you may not need), explore your options and the pros and cons of an extension versus a home remodel. Make informed decision on where to spend renovation money.

This is for you if you want to :

  • Get guidance on the regulatory and legal frameworks applicable to your project (e.g. planning permission, building regulations, party wall legislation)
  • Decide between : extending within permitted development; applying for planning permission ; or internally remodelling your home
  • Open internal walls, create doorways, partitions, storage
  • Get a sense costs, timelines, and scope
  • Know which building construction professionals are likely to be required for your project and how to hire them
  • Explore climate friendly materials, improve energy efficiency and ensure sustainability
Book Home Extension Consultation £ 190


Strategically plan your next steps while in one of two situations:

  1. You already have a project in mind and are looking to successfully plan and kickstart it
  2. You have started your project and wish to overcome a specific challenge and get unstuck.

Share your goals and get support to move forward. This is for you if you ask yourself:

  • How can I successfully plan my project?
  • Which renovation/construction professional will I have to hire?
  • What are the implications of planning permission / permitted development and building regulations for my project?
  • How much will my project cost?
  • How can I solve a specific problem?

Two online consultations with tons of information and bespoke tools to improve your project, it's sustainability and your enjoyment of it.

Book Renovation Strategy Consultation £365



Start as you mean to go on: take control of your project's costs, scope and timeline at the contractual agreement stage.

Position yourself so you can discuss and negotiate builders quotes, establish strong collaborative relationship with your contractor of choice and make informed decisions to navigate the renovation process with them.

I support you in identifying building contractors for your project, invite them to tender and subsequently review their estimate and general terms. You are empowered to identify where to save, foresee and prevent potential problems with additional costs and delays.

Included :

  • Two online orientation, coaching and guidance meetings to get you in a position to hire contractors aligned with your requirements and project scope.
  • Identification of three building contractors to invite to tender
  • Building contractors' quotes review
  • Exploration of climate friendly materials, methods and energy efficiency
  • Messaging support throughout the process
  • Possible add on services (enquire about costs for your project):

- Written project proposal including 3D plans for building contractors invited to tender

- Builders credential vetting, reference checks and hire recommendation

Book a contractors search and quotes review £490


Are you feeling overwhelmed with design, products, renovation methods choices (decision fatigue), and struggling to prioritise effectively? Reduce the pressure and overcome renovation stress with suggested techniques to speed up, unblock or improve your projecT.

I help you overcome challenges and prevent further renovation problems. We review where you’re at, and work out what is required for you to get the results you want.

Take command of your project, avoid costs overrun and complete your renovations sooner. 

Included :

  • Two online orientation, coaching and guidance meetings
  • Designed for you tools and implementable strategies for your renovation challenges
  • A review of your current methods, budget and design plans (if any)
  • Exploration of climate friendly materials, methods and energy efficiency
  • Messaging support for 4 weeks
Book a project troubleshooting review £490


Valerie’s brilliant legal mind and her calm demeanour were absolutely invaluable in helping guide us through our first home purchase - talking us through all options and challenges with a can-do attitude and excellent recommendations. I can’t recommend her highly enough and I’m actually now looking forward to the next phase of our house project, instead of dreading it!Read More

What a pleasure to work with Valerie from The Place Between! From start to finish we felt listened to and supported. We needed help to visualise how to remodel the space of our ground floor and in particular how or whether to combine a kitchen /dining room. Valerie took great care to listen to our needs and wishes and in particular our tight budget. She met us online first and then visited our house to take measurements, then she brought to life (floor plans and 3D designs with walk throughs) several designs with these considerations in mind and many other great ideas to improve our quality of life in this home whilst keeping a sensible eye on improving the value of our property. Along with design ideas, Valerie also gave much practical advice on renovation and how to be as environmentally sound as possible, which really resonated with us. Having never renovated a property before the project felt a little overwhelming but the whole process with Valerie has now helped us to move forward. Thanks to Valerie we now feel much more confident about the remodel and how to stay on track of our budget, how to find the right trades people, how to plan the works and to start enjoying the process of Improving our home. I would not hesitate to recommend Valerie at The Place Between.Read More

We asked Val to help us with bathroom renovation plans and she produced initial drawings as well as advice on finishes and construction. She had some excellent ideas and made us really think about how we would use the space and what was important. She helped us think about big changes (like moving the door to a position that would make the overall room work better) and small ones, such as colours and tiles. Her advice was an excellent combination of practical and creative and she is a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately, due to other reasons, we were unable to continue with the project at that time, but if we had, we wouldn’t have hesitated to continue working with Val. We still love her design and very much hope to put it in place in the future!Read More

Val was amazing. So glad we used her for the project. We’ve got a much much better result than if we had gone it alone. She was always ready in offering ideas and helping to keep the project on track. So pleased with the result!Read More

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