Retro style: this ar­chi­tec­tural gem from the 1960s has a bar­gain price

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Ellers Road, Bes­sacarr, Don­caster. Price: Was £325,000. Now £275,000. Con­tact: The Mod­ern House, www.the­mod­ern­ FRIEND­SHIP brings many re­wards and for Brian and Avril Wilkin­son it brought a house so beau­ti­fully de­signed, it be­came one of the first 1960s homes to be listed by English Her­itage.

The prop­erty, which has fea­tured in many ar­chi­tec­tural jour­nals, was de­signed by Peter Ald­ing­ton, one of Bri­tain’s finest 20th cen­tury ar­chi­tects and a founder of the “ro­man­tic prag­ma­tist” group.

“He was a close friend of my par­ents. They played ten­nis and went walk­ing and climb­ing to­gether and so when they wanted to move to a big­ger house, they asked his ad­vice on a prop­erty they liked. He told them the gar­den was big enough to build in and they were ex­cited about the idea. So Peter de­signed a house to suit our fam­ily,” says San­dra Wilkin­son.

“He stayed with us and noted how we lived and de­signed it ac­cord­ingly. It’s a bril­liant house to live in be­cause a cru­cial part of Peter’s de­sign was to bring the out­side in.

“I watch peo­ple build­ing very mod­ern houses on Grand De­signs and they use the same prin­ci­ples that Peter used all those years ago. The other re­mark­able thing is that the house still looks very con­tem­po­rary.”

The grade two listed prop­erty is on the mar­ket for the first time since it was built in 1967 and has re­cently been re­duced in price.

The sin­gle storey build­ing is in a U shape with an open plan liv­ing space, kitchen, cloak­room and four bed­rooms plus a large con­ser­va­tory. The bed­rooms are ar­ranged on the outer edge, while the kitchen is at the core of the house. The walls are of con­crete block­work, left un­treated ex­ter­nally and painted white in­side. Fas­cias, win­dow jambs and sills are of stained soft­wood, while the flat roof is felted, with a struc­ture of tim­ber joists and steel beams. The win­dows are framed in alu­minium.

The ar­chi­tect also used full­height doors and had match­ing floor tiles in­side and out­side to cre­ate a seam­less link be­tween

It’s a bril­liant house to live in be­cause ... the de­sign brought the out­side in.

the two spa­ces. The kitchen still has its orig­i­nal fit­ted cup­boards and a break­fast bar with fold­down leaves and stor­age be­neath. All the bed­rooms have built-in wardrobes with orig­i­nal han­dles, and the mas­ter bed­room has a built-in dress­ing ta­ble and bed­head.

Slid­ing par­ti­tion walls en­abled the sep­a­ra­tion of the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas to pro­vide ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Th­ese have now gone but the floor and ceil­ing slots and the cup­boards which con­tained them re­main. English Her­itage noted the high lev­els of crafts­man­ship and good qual­ity ma­te­ri­als both ex­ter­nally and in­ter­nally.

Out­side, there is a paved ter­race area and a wide gar­den laid mainly to lawn. Al­though it needs some up­dat­ing, the prop­erty has been well-main­tained over the years.

San­dra says: “I have very happy mem­o­ries of the house. It was a won­der­ful place to grow up in.”

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