De­vel­oper’s lat­est move is to re­fur­bish next door

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

9 Sy­camore Lane, Barl­bor­ough, near Sh­effield, Price: £625,000 Con­tact: Sax­ton Mee, 01246 290992, www.sax­ton­mee.co.uk HIS first taste of prop­erty de­vel­op­ment may have been re­fur­bish­ing a bun­ga­low but Arthur Fox has since taken self­build to a new level.

Af­ter buy­ing a derelict farm­stead, he has slowly worked his way round the farm­house and barns be­fore pro­gress­ing on to a clutch of new-build homes more re­cently.

The first part of this pro­ject was to in­stall the es­sen­tial roads and light­ing be­fore build­ing num­ber 7 Sy­camore Lane seven years ago.

He lived there while build­ing num­ber 9 and is sell­ing that to move into num­ber 11.

Arthur, who is semi-re­tired from the mo­tor trade, says: “I love prop­erty and I en­joy plan­ning the de­sign and lay­out. I’d rather do this than any­thing else.

“It ob­vi­ously helps liv­ing on site as I am on hand. I act as pro­ject man­ager and I have a great fa­ther and son team who do al­most ev­ery­thing from lay­ing drains to build­ing.

“Num­ber 11 is the last house and it’s a big place just for me and my wife, so ide­ally my next build will be some­thing half the size, if I can find the right plot.”

Arthur and his wife Kathy, who is re­spon­si­ble for the in­te­rior de­sign, are keen to stay in Barl­bor­ough.

He says: “It’s a fan­tas­tic place to live but this area doesn’t seem to be on any­one’s radar. The vil­lage is tech­ni­cally in Der­byshire but it is close to junc­tion 30 of the M1 and you can be in Sh­effield and Not­ting­ham very quickly and you can be in Leeds in 50 min­utes.”

Num­ber 9 Sy­camore Lane is a detached prop­erty and has an en­trance hall, a cloak­room, din­ing room and sit­ting room with log burn­ing stove and French doors that lead to the 24ft long break­fast room. The kitchen is 27ft long and has a Range­mas­ter oven and wine cooler. The ground floor also has a util­ity room with heated cloak cup­board plus steps lead­ing to a self-con­tained stu­dio with en-suite.

The first floor has a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite dress­ing room and en-suite bath­room. There are two fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms, both with en-suites. On the sec­ond floor, there are two bed­rooms and a bath­room.

Out­side, off-road park­ing leads to an in­te­gral garage and rear gar­den. The en­ergy ef­fi­cient prop­erty is pow­ered by a Viess­mann boiler with un­der­floor heat­ing on the ground floor and zoned ar­eas that can be sep­a­rately con­trolled. Wa­ter is partly heated by so­lar panels.

Arthur Fox’s work dis­plays great at­ten­tion and clever lay­outs to make the most of the avail­able space.

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