Love con­quers all... even a dream home with spec­tac­u­lar sea views

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Pre­ston Head, Mead­ow­field, Sand­send, near Whitby

Jayne has grown and I’ve re­alised that my dream home isn’t hers. She’s very good and would hap­pily live here with me but I know what she re­ally wants is some­thing in the coun­try with room for goats and hens, so that’s what I’m go­ing to look for.

“Sell­ing it is a wrench, but it is just one of those things. Over the time it took to get plan­ning and build this house, my life has moved on.”

Mike, who has tack­led three self-build projects over the past 15 years, man­aged to buy the plot af­ter other would-be buy­ers were scared off by the slop­ing site and the ac­cess.

“Lo­gis­ti­cally it was dif­fi­cult. It re­quired a lot of ex­ca­va­tion and ground­works but thanks to my job and my build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I knew I could do it and I knew this was a rare op­por­tu­nity,” says Mike.

The build took 18 months and went smoothly, though any amount of dif­fi­culty would’ve been worth the end re­sult.

The four-bed­room house is just 200 me­tres from the beach and was de­signed to make the most of the sen­sa­tional, panoramic views. The sitting room and the mas­ter bed­room both boast a ter­race look­ing out to sea and to make sure it can be used in all weathers, Mike cre­ated a canopy.

“I can’t ex­plain how won­der­ful it is to sit out on the ter­race with a glass of wine look­ing out to sea. It’s even more amaz­ing when there’s a storm out there and you can see the light­ning,” he says.

His per­fec­tion­ist streak meant that the build cost about 25 per cent more than he ini­tially bud­geted for. All the nails, screws and balustrad­ing are marine­grade stain­less steel, the join­ery is solid oak, all the floors are solid con­crete and the kitchen units are from Ger­man man­u­fac­turer Hacker.

The house is ac­cessed via an elec­tric slid­ing gate onto a drive­way and gar­dens.

In­side, there is an en­trance hall, din­ing room, sitting room with ter­race, kitchen/break­fst room, a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite and roof ter­race, a guest bed­room with en-suite, two fur­ther bed­rooms, a house bath­room, util­ity room, base­ment shower room, work­shop/of­fice and in­te­gral garage.The base­ment area could make an an­nexe, sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.

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