Artist brushes up his prospects with bun­ga­low trans­for­ma­tion

A bor­ing build­ing has be­come more ex­cit­ing with an ad­ven­tur­ous ex­ten­sion, as Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

A PIC­TURE paints a thou­sand words and ev­ery­one one them said “bor­ing” when Tony and San­dra Dex­ter browsed the brochure for a bun­ga­low that was fresh on the mar­ket.

“The agent’s pic­ture of the front was dread­ful and it looked so drab and bor­ing we dis­counted it straight away,” says San­dra, who luck­ily re­vis­ited the prop­erty por­tal and found new im­ages, in­clud­ing one of the rear gar­den and its views to Beam­s­ley Bea­con.

Al­though the detached bun­ga­low, near Ilk­ley, was a stan­dard 1980s build, it was in a great lo­ca­tion and clearly had po­ten­tial.

“We thought it was worth a look and we’re so glad we went up. There were some small win­dows and a tiny con­ser­va­tory at the back, so you couldn’t see much of the view but we im­me­di­ately thought we could do some­thing with it.

“Luck­ily, the lady we bought it from absolutely bril­liant and was happy to wait un­til we put our cot­tage on the mar­ket and sold it,” says San­dra.

The cou­ple had down­sized pre­ma­turely to their bi­joux cot­tage with no gar­den but they soon re­alised it was too small to ac­com­mo­date grand­chil­dren and Tony’s de­sire to take up paint­ing.

The bun­ga­low of­fered more space with two bed­rooms, a liv­ing room , of­fice, kitchen, bath­room and a large gar­den.

The tiny, leak­ing con­ser­va­tory, ac­cessed from the liv­ing room, was on a plinth with steps down to the gar­den and it was ripe for re­place­ment.

While Tony and San­dra could’ve fol­lowed a con­ven­tional path and in­stalled a large upvc con­ser­va­tory, they agreed on a far more ad­ven­tur­ous route.

They de­cided to ex­tend the liv­ing room out into the gar­den and cre­ate a wall of glass to take ad­van­tage of the sen­sa­tional ru­ral views.

Tony was keen to have a pitched roof on the ex­ten­sion plus fold­ing slid­ing doors to the side lead­ing out onto a new pa­tio with a glass and stain­less steel bal­cony.

The gar­den be­low is at a lower level so the space un­der the pa­tio is now stor­age for gar­den equip­ment.

Ar­chi­tect Mike Wid­dup worked with them on the de­sign and drew up plans to sub­mit to the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion wasn’t an is­sue as many house­hold­ers on the es­tate had ex­tended to the rear and of­fi­cers and build­ing reg­u­la­tions staff at Brad­ford Coun­cil came up with some help­ful sug­ges­tions.

“The idea was to bring the out­side in,” says San­dra.”But we re­ally wanted the ex­ten­sion to tie in with rest of the house from the out­side, rather than at­tach some­thing ul­tra mod­ern to it.”

Af­ter get­ting two quotes for the work, which in­cluded mov­ing drains, they en­gaged lo­cal builder Joe Bon­ner.

He pro­ject man­aged the scheme and brought in other trades, in­clud­ing joiner Tim Owen, who made the fold­ing slid­ing doors from Iroko wood.

“We orig­i­nally wanted oak but were told that it would prob­a­bly shrink and cause prob­lems so Tim sug­gested Iroko, which has been fine,” says Tony.

The end re­sult is a mul­ti­func­tional space that is dis­tin­guished from the sit­ting area with a wood floor. It acts as a din­ing area, play­room for the grand­chil­dren and a stu­dio for Tony.

The orig­i­nal house was also been given a facelift.

Un­der­floor heat­ing was in­stalled and the of­fice and shower room is now a third bed­room.

A new kitchen and bath­room have been in­stalled and all the walls and ceil­ings were re- plas­tered. New in­ter­nal doors were bought from How­dens.

The cov­ing in the sit­ting room was re­moved to give it a more spa­cious, mod­ern look and the old fire­place has been re­placed with a wood burn­ing stove. The pen­dant light was re­placed with el­e­gant wall lights from Old­field

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

STATE OF THE ART: The glazed ex­ten­sion has added wow fac­tor and has had a life-chang­ing ef­fect on Tony Dex­ter. It acts as his stu­dio and his paint­ings have been cho­sen to star in the Great North Art Show.

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