A pas­sion for ren­o­va­tion undi­luted by any of the shocks of ex­pe­ri­ence

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - 20 Wheat­ley Road, Ilk­ley

Louise, who fell in love with the lo­ca­tion and the fab­u­lous pe­riod fea­tures, said: “It had be­longed to an el­derly lady who hadn’t done any work to it for years and the gar­den was so over­grown that squir­rels had made a path­way along the rhodo­den­drons into the eaves, where they had eaten some of the struts. That was def­i­nitely a nasty shock. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the work.”

She went on: “I hadn’t even got in­side be­fore I de­cided I wanted it. The ve­ran­dah and the mas­sive 4ft wide front door did it for me and then when I went in I could see the char­ac­ter of the rooms.

“I could also see why some peo­ple had been scared of buy­ing it. There were holes in the ceil­ings and the es­tate agent couldn’t turn the lights on in some rooms be­cause the electrics were so dan­ger­ous but it didn’t put us off. We could see that it could be a fan­tas­tic fam­ily home.” She and John, who have two daugh­ters, were keen to move to the area so they would be in the catch­ment area for Ilk­ley Gram­mar School, which is close by.

Work started on re­pair­ing the roof, in­su­lat­ing and re­plac­ing the plumb­ing and electrics.

The Vic­to­rian win­dows were rot­ten but were re­placed like for like with wooden sashes and the orig­i­nal pan­elling and stair­case were re­tained. The cou­ple did change the use of some of the rooms.

“The din­ing room was huge and so we made it into a kitchen diner and it’s some­where we use a lot as a fam­ily,” says Louise.

The stone-built semi now has a re­cep­tion hall with orig­i­nal ceil­ing cor­nice, pol­ished orig­i­nal tim­ber floors and a coat hang­ing cup­board. The kitchen diner has solid oak floor­ing with Shak­er­style kitchen units and a black four-oven gas Aga.

The ground floor also in­cludes a snug, sit­ting room and cloak­room. On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room with a sep­a­rate room for an en-suite or dress­ing room.

There are two more bed­rooms and a house bath­room with two fur­ther bed­rooms on the sec­ond floor.

On the lower ground floor, there are cel­lars and out­side there are gar­dens front and back.

The Bar­wicks are sell­ing so they can fuel their pas­sion for ren­o­vat­ing and are look­ing for an­other project.

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