Strik­ing Sev­en­ties house that has been given a modern makeover

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

and we wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent, so this house re­ally ap­pealed to us.

“It’s an ar­chi­tec­tural gem and we love the fact it is on stilts to make the most of the beau­ti­ful views,” says Simi.

Although they ad­mired the ar­chi­tec­ture, the prop­erty needed up­dat­ing, so the cou­ple had the old cladding re­placed with cedar and added a sym­pa­thetic side ex­ten­sion de­signed by Hud­der­s­field ar­chi­tects One17.

In­side, they took down the walls be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room and cre­ated an open plan space. They also raised the ceil­ing in the sit­ting area, in­stalled sky­lights and lost a bed­room so they could cre­ate a util­ity room and a study.

“We wanted to make it more suit­able for how fam­i­lies live to­day,” says Simi, “so we have mod­ernised it and changed some of the lay­out but we did keep some of the orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing the French doors in the bed­room that lead onto the gar­den.”

The prop­erty now has an en­trance lobby, a util­ity room, study, kitchen and a din­ing area at the front of the prop­erty, which is flooded with nat­u­ral light thanks to large win­dows over­look­ing the Wood­some val­ley

The sit­ting area has nat­u­ral light from three el­e­va­tions and en­joys the same stun­ning out­look along with two pairs of oak bi-fold­ing doors which give ac­cess onto a bal­cony. The third bed­room/ hobby room is also on this level along with a stor­age space. Steps lead from the liv­ing area to a raised gallery sit­ting area, where an in­ner hall­way takes you to two bed­rooms. One has an en-suite and there is a sep­a­rate house bath­room.

Out­side, there is park­ing space be­neath the bal­cony along with a stor­age area for logs. A stepped path­way leads up an en­closed lawned gar­den with ma­ture shrub­bery and bor­ders. A pa­tio leads to a fur­ther lawned gar­den. The house stands in a third of an acre, and, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion, could be fur­ther ex­tended. The Stande­vens are sell­ing to down­size now that their son Fred­die is at univer­sity.

“We love it here and it’s been a priv­i­lege to live in this house,” says Simi. “But the time has come to leave and find some­thing smaller. We’d also like to take on an­other project be­cause we re­ally en­joyed mod­ernising this house.”

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