Take a tour of this Hampshire village house

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The owner and her husband, who is a company director, live in this pretty four-bedroomed Edwardian village house with their two daughters. They moved here in 1999 when their children were very young and set about transforming the house.

Although they didn’t fall in love with the house at first sight – ‘it was quite an ugly house with aluminium windows in the front bay’ – the owners decided to buy it because it had enough bedrooms and reception areas, plus planning permission for a conservatory. ‘I said if we could change the windows to period-style ones, then yes we should buy it,’ says the owner.

Their first priority was to renovate the guest bedroom so friends and family could stay. Then they focused on kerb appeal and replaced the windows at the front of the house. ‘The house next door is the same and has the original curved sash windows so we were able to copy them – it made such a difference!’ says the owner.

After a couple of years, the owners then decided to add a large conservatory, which houses a seating area and dining area, and involved opening up the adjoining family room to create a large bright and airy space. New bathrooms were installed upstairs. Then, a few years later, another large project was undertaken when a kitchen conservatory was added and new units installed, enlarging the original kitchen and allowing room for a dining area.

A neutral palette was used throughout so that the house flows, and the owner has incorporated vintage finds to evoke eclectic character.

Image credit: Polly Eltes
Image credit: Polly Eltes

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