The owner, who is an artist and illustrator, and her husband, an anaesthetist, bought this five-bedroom detached Arts and Craft house in 2011.
Living nearby, she used to walk past the property every day and the garish colours it was painted in at the time are what grabbed her attention. But it was a lovely, big old house with a large garden that would have been perfect for our children, so I decided that it was meant to be ours and that wed move there one day, she says.
When the property came up for sale in 2009, the couple put in an offer but were gazumped. Two years later the house came up for sale again, but the couple lost out to another buyer. However, it was third time lucky, when the sale fell through and the couple had their third offer accepted.
There was plenty to do, including replacing the windows throughout and the removal and replacement of the garish pink render. By the time they moved in, the house had been empty for some time and it was clear just how much work was needed.
The sheer size of the property was one of the reasons we had fallen in love with it, but instead of rushing to decorate, we decided on a gradual renovation schedule, that would give us time to think things through properly.
Transforming the houses interior began with extending at the back to create the kitchen-diner. We knew we were going to be spending most of our time in this room, so made sure it had different eating, sitting and relaxing areas. It had to be light, so we had a glass roofed section put in and a separate utility room and cloakroom the other side.
The new patio area with its protective brick wall is a great place to sit out and enjoy a coffee and the built-in bench never needs taking in from the rain.
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The original parquet flooring in the hallway was renovated and now looks stunning and very in-keeping with the Arts and Crafts theme.
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The olive green feature wall in the guest bedroom was inspired by the owners own artwork and co-ordinates with trailing print curtains and cushions.
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