Makeover turns dilapidated old cottages into a cosy family home
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 (01427 668389 www.hemswell-antiques.com). This is the couple’s favourite room because it changes with the seasons.