The chance to create an even bigger house in the country.
garden and the potential and that was it. The decision was made,” says Dee.
“We lived in it for two years before we decided exactly what we wanted to do and that was very helpful as there were no rash decisions. Then we moved out for several months while we had everything done.”
“It was an experience because although we had done work to our previous house, we hadn’t done anything on this scale.”
“Everything” included a rewire, redecorating, new kitchens and bathrooms and replacing pvc windows frames with wooden ones.
The extension is single storey, although the Joneses could have had more square footage by building two storeys they decided they wanted “wow” factor instead.
“We wanted an area with height, space and light and that’s why we didn’t go for two storeys. It has a kitchen, dining area and adjoining family room with French doors out onto the garden.”
The property, which has retained its original Georgian features including sliding sash windows and oak beams, also comes with detailed planning permission to extend further.
Harrogate Council has given permission for an extension to the ground floor from the existing drawing room, which would create 1,000 sq ft of additional accommodation. It is something Dee and Nick fought hard for without realising they would soon be selling. They are moving away, as Nick’s work is taking him out of the area.
The house has a reception hall, drawing room, family room, snug, bespoke living kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with en-suite, three more bedrooms and a house bathroom.
The property boasts landscaped gardens with terracing, garaging, stabling/outbuildings and electric gates, though Dee’s favourite addition is the outdoor pizza oven. “It’s been fantastic for entertaining. In fact, the whole house has been great for that and we’ll be very sad to leave,” she says. “We’ve had great fun here with family and friends and it’s a lovely place to escape to and find solace. You’re out in the countryside, but it’s still only a 15-minute drive to Harrogate.”