Tra­di­tional craft re­alises po­ten­tial as thatch trans­forms ru­ral home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Church Farm­house, Crambe, near Mal­ton.

“It needed ev­ery­thing do­ing but I could see the po­ten­tial.

“I had also seen an old pic­ture of the house when it was a sin­gle storey prop­erty with a thatched roof.”

That pho­to­graph gave Debs the cue she needed to tackle some­thing new.

“I’d al­ways loved thatched prop­er­ties and thought it would be good to give the house its thatched roof back and that’s what I did,” she says.

It was an ex­pen­sive, but aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, de­ci­sion. The new roof by lo­cal thatcher Joathan Botterill, cost £27,000, but she doesn’t re­gret it.

It was the right thing to do, ac­cord­ing to Debs who also swapped the plas­tic win­dows for wooden ones, re-con­fig­ured what was a gal­ley kitchen, in­stalled new bath­rooms and doors and cre­ated an im­pres­sive side ex­ten­sion to house a liv­ing-din­ing space with floor to ceil­ing glass doors to give magnificent views across the gar­den to the vil­lage church.

“I love wood and so the ex­ten­sion is brick and clap­board, which has been limed.

“The tiles we took off the old roof were used for the roof of the ex­ten­sion,” says Debs, who spent a year over­see­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the house.

She man­aged to re­store or re­place fea­tures to in­clude pe­riod fire­places, pan­elled and boarded doors, ex­posed struc­tural tim­bers and York­shire slid­ing win­dows to many of the rooms.

The house has a draw­ing room, kitchen with four-oven Aga stove, a con­tem­po­rary din­ing-liv­ing room, util­ity room, rear hall, and cloak­room.

Up­stairs is the mas­ter bed­room with dress­ing room and ensuite bath­room, three fur­ther bed­rooms (one with en-suite shower room) and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there are gar­dens planned and planted by lo­cal gar­den de­signer Anne Kirby.

There is also a dou­ble garage, a brick out­build­ing cur­rently given over to a pot­ting shed and gar­den store and an oc­tag­o­nal sum­mer­house.

Debs and her hus­band David are sell­ing to down­size and are con­tem­plat­ing build­ing their own eco-house.

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