Take a tour of this Arts and Crafts house in the West Midlands

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  • 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 we’d 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.

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