Striking Seventies house that has been given a modern makeover
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.”