Emo­tional ren­o­va­tion that was worth all the tears

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale North Grove Crescent, Wetherby. Price: £318,000. Contact: Maxwell Hodgson, tel: 01937 589388, www. max­ell­hodg­son.co.uk

REN­O­VAT­ING his child­hood home some­times brought tears to Ian Camp­bell’s eyes but the end re­sult is ex­actly what his par­ents wanted.

“It was very emo­tional at times but they told me that I must mod­ernise it be­fore I sold it and so that’s what I did,” says Ian.

His mother Betty and fa­ther Ken were proud of the prop­erty they had built in 1963 and kept it neat as a pin but, as they got much older, in­te­rior fash­ions changed leav­ing the house look­ing homely but a lit­tle dated.

So when his par­ents passed away, Ian be­gan his first ever ren­o­va­tion project.

“I was lucky be­cause I asked a friend who does some de­vel­op­ing for con­tacts and so that was re­ally help­ful.

“I had the house rewired and put in a new kitchen and new bath­rooms,” says Ian, who also re­dec­o­rated and bought new car­pets and cur­tains.

“I shed a few tears when I cleared the old fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings out be­cause I had so many mem­o­ries of the old over­look­ing the rear gar­den and a newly-fit­ted bath­room.

Stairs lead to a first floor oc­ca­sional room mea­sur­ing 15’11 x 9’3 and this has newly-in­stalled Velux win­dows and ac­cess to eaves stor­age space.

Out­side, there is a front gar­den laid to lawn ajnd a di­ve­way to the side of the house al­low­ing ac­cess to the back gar­den, which has a south-fac­ing rear gar­den, which is mainly lawned with a stor­age shed.

The garage has power and light and a large rear stor­age room/ pot­ting shed.

Ian says: “the work took me 16 weeks and al­though it wasn’t easy I am re­ally pleased with the way it’s turned out and I know my mum and dad would be very proud. I hope it sells to some­one who love it as much as we did. It was a happy house and it’s a real wrench to have to sell it, es­pe­cially as I’ll be leav­ing be­hind won­der­ful neigh­bours.”

The bun­ga­low has been trans­formed into a beau­ti­ful mod­ern home with new oc­ca­sional room in the loft


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