Makeover turns di­lap­i­dated old cot­tages into a cosy fam­ily home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

The fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion on the edge of a coun­try es­tate. The cot­tage has loads of char­ac­ter and is a great all-year­round house – light and airy in the sum­mer but very cosy in win­ter. FIG­URES from the Hal­i­fax Gen­er­a­tion Rent re­search show that de­spite lower val­ues, first time buy­ers still need as much cap­i­tal as ever to get on the prop­erty lad­der, as av­er­age de­posits have in­creased by 1 per cent over the past five years.

Fig­ures show that av­er­age first time buyer house prices have fallen across York­shire by an av­er­age 15 per cent over five years.

Hal­i­fax man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stephen Noakes says this is good for those who wish to buy their first home but of­ten the main bar­rier to buy­ing is con­fi­dence, not the price, adding: “Re­search showed that only four in ev­ery 10 peo­ple think they could get a mort­gage, yet we ac­cept eight out of ev­ery 10 ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Tor and Chris­tian Carver in the kitchen of their new home. The square­ness of the sit­ting room made it easy for Tor to cre­ate a cosy New Eng­land style room, with two set­tees from The Sofa Work­shop and a pine stor­age box from Hem­swell An­tiques Cen­tre...


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