Village cottage garden that became a ‘grand design’ of a family home
land was in the local area plan as being allocated for housing so it was accepted immediately. We were amazed,” says Stephanie.
The couple, who both work for a Peugeot dealership, could have put three cottages on the site, but they decided to create one large family home.
The brief to architect Steve Craven was for a home that was contemporary and light-filled with lots of storage space. They hired a local workforce including builder Edwin Procter, plasterer Robert Knights, plumber Paul Dutton and electricians from Harrison and Cross. The fivebedroom property took a year to build.
“Steve project managed and we sourced most of the materials and fittings ourselves,” says Stephanie.
“We are thrilled with the result. It’s very modern for Giggleswick and it’s very light because the house is almost completely glass fronted but we fancied a change after living in a very old property.
“We both loved Rose Cottage but we have noticed that this is much cheaper to run.”
The Chase, which has underfloor heating, has an entrance porch, hallway, cloakroom, office, sitting room with mullioned windows, a utility room, a living kitchen/family room with bespoke units, a Quooker instant boiling water system, NEFF appliances and sliding doors leading onto the garden.
On the first floor, there is a galleried landing, master bedroom with balcony overlooking the garden and an en-suite shower room. There are three more bedrooms, an en-suite and a house bathroom on this level.
Over the garage, there is extra living space with an en-suite shower room and the attic is fully floored for storage.
Outside, there is a double garage, cloakroom, wood store, shed and electric gates that lead to a parking area and gardens.
Stephanie and Steve have put their home up for sale so they can look for another project.
“We’d like to build another house, though it will also be hard to leave this place. It’s lovely to live in and it’s in a great location. You can walk into town but it’s a very private setting,” says Stephanie.