Clever use of space that gave old cottage a sen­sa­tional new look

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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.wait­e­ 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 visit­carthyand­stone.

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.

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