Take a tour of this idyllic Kent new-build

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  • The owners, who run a distribution company, bought this idyllic new-build with a green-oak extension and five bedrooms in Kent eight years ago and renovated it to suit themselves and their grown-up family.

    Originally they intended to buy an old barn and didn’t want a new-build. ‘However, trying to find a property with views and open space was hard,’ says the owner. ‘We saw lots of barns, but they were hemmed in by buildings and open space was key for us.’

    When they viewed this property, they knew immediately it was the one for them. ‘We walked in and it instantly felt comfortable. We liked the size of the rooms and the fact that it had vaulted ceilings. Although it was a new-build, it had a lofty barn feel and we loved it. The clincher was when we opened the doors at the back and stepped outside – there was openness and stunning views.’

    The house also appealed because, as it was brand new, the owners didn’t have to do much renovation work. ‘We both have busy jobs and although we wanted to put our stamp on it, we didn’t want to take on a major project.’

    They updated the bathrooms and added a balcony and French doors in the main bedroom to make the most of the views. They then built a green oak conservatory to give them a light and airy open-plan living and dining space.

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