Vil­lage cot­tage gar­den that be­came a ‘grand de­sign’ of a fam­ily home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Chase, Bankwell Road, Gig­gleswick

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.

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