Clever use of space that gave old cottage a sensational new look
with contemporary cupboards from Ikea, which he topped with a stainless steel worktop.
On a blocked-up fireplace at the other side of the room, he positioned a floating shelf for his favourite David Hockney prints.
In the adjoining lounge, the front door led straight into the room but John designed a bi-folding door stretching from floor to ceiling to screen off an entrance area. It also keeps out any icy draughts in winter.
On the first floor, the suspended ceiling was ripped out to reveal another one-anda-half feet of space, old 1960s doors were replaced with rustic shed doors from B&Q, which look perfect and came at a cut-price.
The tiny house bathroom was turned into a useful laundry room. A former bedroom is now a spacious Jack and Jill bathroom, which boasts a stylish double sink from Bathstore and has access to both the landing and the master bedroom.
The second floor has a multifunctional space that acts as a study and “chill out space” and the other double bedroom is a guest suite.
Its piece de resistance is a partial wall in the middle of the room that acts as a headboard for the bed, while behind it is a carefully hidden, compact shower room.
“I get ideas from hotels , restaurants and shops,” says John, who has a degree in graphic design.
“When friends ask if I enjoyed a restaurant, I tend to tell them about the décor rather than the food. I am obsessed.”
He is also very well organised, which meant the project was finished on time, though the budget was stretched by another £10,000 thanks to some special touches.
The extra spend was well worth it and helped fund a new lighting scheme with tracks, directional spots and task lights, all on dimmers, in convenient places, including one within reach of the bed
John also commissioned cabinet maker Danny Blakey to make some bespoke furniture for the cottage.
The overall result is a triumph and one applauded by fellow interiors enthusiasts from Living Etc. magazine’s website forum.
“I went on the forum to ask where to source a geometric throw and I posted some photos of the house. Next thing I knew I was House of the Month, which was lovely,” says John
John’s house in Calverley, Leeds, is for sale for £299,950 with Waite and Co, tel: 0113 239 0012, www.waiteandco.co.uk IF you’re over the age of 60 and looking to downsize from your family home, you could benefit from McCarthy & Stone’s autumn sale.
The developer is offering a discount on remaining apartments at its Stanhope Court development in Horsforth. Later Living properties at Stanhope Court start at £159,950. Each apartment has 24-hour emergency call points and a video entry system. Other facilities at the development include a shared lounge, guest accommodation for visitors, a laundry room and a lift. For details tel: 0113 258 4004 or visit www.mccarthyandstone. co.uk
ALL CHANGE: The floor to ceiling bi-fold door which cuts off any winter draughts in the lounge, above, and, inset, the kitchen with its contemporary Ikea units and stainless steel worktop and splashbacks.