Traditional craft realises potential as thatch transforms rural home
“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.