The prize-win­ning new house that is truly lo­cal

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - West­field House, Wooldale, near Holm­firth.

TERESA Scott and her part­ner, Dr Andrew McIn­tyre, have reaped the ben­e­fits of shop­ping lo­cal. Their new home has been cre­ated and fur­nished al­most ex­clu­sively by builders, trades­peo­ple and sup­pli­ers from Holm­firth and the sur­round­ing area.

Their faith in lo­cal tal­ent has paid off as the house has just won the Best Sin­gle Dwelling cat­e­gory in the re­cent LABC (Lo­cal Au­thor­ity Build­ing Con­trol) Build­ing Ex­cel­lence Awards.

The prop­erty started life as a 1960s’ bun­ga­low that made way for a 5,000 sq ft de­tached. It was de­signed and built by York­shire Coun­try Prop­er­ties Ltd, a small fam­ily busi­ness founded by Dud­ley and Carol Parker, which has been build­ing in the Holme val­ley area for more than 40 years.

The five-bed­room house sits within large land­scaped gar­dens in the ru­ral vil­lage of Wooldale, just out­side Holm­firth. It boasts sus­tain­able fea­tures such as air-source heat pump and heat-re­cov­ery ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem to­gether with a be­spoke in­te­rior, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by York­shire County Prop­er­ties’ team of join­ers. They cre­ated a pippy oak kitchen, oak in­ter­nal join­ery through­out an im­pres­sive stair­case, wardrobes and hand­made fur­ni­ture. The pro­ject took al­most a year.

Teresa says: “We are thrilled with what we have got and I can’t praise York­shire Prop­er­ties highly enough. They were bril­liant even though it was dif­fi­cult at times, es­pe­cially over last win­ter when it was mi­nus 15 up here.

“The qual­ity of the work­man­ship is ex­cel­lent and the cost­ings were all worked out be­fore­hand so we knew ex­actly what we would be pay­ing. We used all lo­cal sup­pli­ers, in­clud­ing The Rug Shop in Holm­firth, for the car­pets, and Frank Platts for all the ap­pli­ances. The ser­vice you get lo­cally is su­perb. You can’t buy that on the in­ter­net.”

Emma Hanks, Dud­ley and Carol’s daugh­ter, says: “As you can imag­ine, we are very proud of our achieve­ment, both for our team and also all the lo­cal trades­man that worked with us on the pro­ject.

“We not only built it, we made 99 per cent of the in­ter­nal join­ery, in­clud­ing the doors and ar­chi­traves.”

Emma, an in­te­rior de­signer, and her sis­ter, Claire, an ar­chi­tect, are set to take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity for the busi­ness as Dud­ley and Carol cut back to part-time.

“This award is a great semire­tire­ment present,” says Dud­ley.

York­shire Coun­try Prop­er­ties, Thurston­land, Hud­der­s­field, tel: 01484 663541, www. york­shire­coun­tryprop­er­ties.co.uk

AWARD-WIN­NING: West­field House.

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