Step inside this chalet-style family home in Hampshire

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  • The owner, Gillian, who blogs at Tales From a Happy House, moved to this four-bedroom detached property in Hampshire from Leeds to be nearer family. ‘After thinking it over for a while, we decided it was finally time to take the plunge,’ she said.

    Gillian and her husband bought their home in spring 2015 and now live here with their two young children. ‘It’s a 1960s house with typical features, including an asymmetric chimney breast in the living room, huge windows and slanting, wood-clad ceilings. The mintue we saw the garden and the spacious, light rooms, we started thinking about how we could make it work for us.’

    When they first moved in all the services had been disconnected, so the house felt cold, bare and bleak. There were some jarring patterns on the walls, the patio door to the balcony was leaking and the boiler and electrics were in a poor state.

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