Wel­come to my home

Ideal Home (UK) - - Style & Decor - Hol­lie Good­win lives here with her hus­band Ric and their chil­dren Fred­die, eight, Olivia, seven, and Max, two. Hol­lie is a full-time mum and Ric runs a car sales busi­ness.

“I still pinch my­self when I walk round my home – I can’t be­lieve it’s re­ally mine”

THE PROP­ERTY

A de­tached five-bed­room Sev­en­ties home in Mac­cles­field, Cheshire.

THE VALUE

Bought for £525,000 in 2016; now worth around £650,000.

It was the space that clinched it for Hol­lie and Ric Good­win when they first went to view their de­tached Sev­en­ties house in Cheshire. ‘I was in two minds about mov­ing home as I’d just had a baby but we needed a big­ger long-term house where the chil­dren could have fun and we could have more space to en­ter­tain,’ says Hol­lie.

‘We only viewed this one prop­erty and could see its po­ten­tial straight away,’ she ex­plains. ‘We started the build­ing work the day af­ter we moved in! The pre­vi­ous own­ers had lived here for more than 20 years and nothing felt in the right place. There was a separate din­ing room and the gal­ley kitchen was tiny, with dated rain­bow tiles, pine units and black lam­i­nate work­tops. It was cry­ing out for an ex­ten­sion.’

The cou­ple knocked to­gether the kitchen and din­ing room, as well as ex­tend­ing at the rear. ‘Ideally, we would have had a roof lantern, but it wasn’t pos­si­ble, struc­turally,’ says Hol­lie. ‘In­stead, we went for bi­fold doors and Velux roof win­dows, which pro­vide the lovely, light, airy feel I wanted. When it came to pri­ori­tis­ing spend­ing, our big­gest in­vest­ment was the kitchen. We kept the look sim­ple and fresh, so it will be a clas­sic for many years to come. I par­tic­u­larly love the island, where the kids have break­fast, as well as the big 8ft ta­ble that ev­ery­one fits around.’

With the hard graft done, Hol­lie and Ric could take their time dec­o­rat­ing in the per­fect neu­tral colour pal­ette of whites, pinks and greys. ‘My dream is to have a place in the coun­try­side with land all around once the chil­dren have grown up,’ says Hol­lie. ‘But we’ll stay here for 10 to 15 years as there’s a great com­mu­nity and I’m thrilled with how the house has been trans­formed.’

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