Name: Bonnie Rasmussen and Russell Patmore
Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years rented, 7 years owned
When Bonnie first moved to the UK from her native Denmark, she was accustomed to light, warm and cosy open-plan Scandinavian homes with good insulation and double glazed windows. The house that she and Russell found to rent when they arrived to live in Guildford — chosen for its attractive location on a quiet street five minutes' walk from the town centre — had none of that: it was dark and draughty with a downstairs floor plan that didn't work for a family with very young kids.