Gatsby meets the 21st cen­tury at this stun­ning Art Deco prop­erty

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Cowmns Lowe, Las­celles Hall Road, Hud­der­s­field. Price: £650,000. Con­tact: York­shire’s Finest, tel: 0845 604 2887, www.york­shires­finest.org TIM Richard­son viewed over 90 prop­er­ties be­fore one fi­nally stole his heart and de­manded com­mit­ment.

“I was look­ing for 12 months be­fore I bought this,” ad­mits Tim, who fell in love with the his­tory, lo­ca­tion and po­ten­tial of­fered by the house, which is close to the vil­lage of Lep­ton.

The rear part of the house was a small fac­tory, built in 1850, and in the 1920s it be­came a home and was treated to an im­pres­sive frontage and Art Deco makeover

“I like older prop­er­ties with char­ac­ter and I wanted a chance to put a mod­ern twist on the in­te­rior and this of­fered a lot of po­ten­tial for that,” says Tim, who re­lo­cated from Lon­don, af­ter get­ting a job in Hud­der­s­field.

The house needed up­dat­ing and Tim and his part­ner project man­aged the work, which in­cluded re­plumb­ing, rewiring, new gut­ter­ing, point­ing and roof­ing. They also in­stalled a new heat­ing sys­tem and elec­tric gates

“In­side, we ripped ev­ery­thing out, right back to the floor­boards and plas­ter. In fact, we lived in one room for a year while all the work was go­ing on,” says Tim.

“We re-mod­elled the in­te­rior, knocked walls down and cre­ated new bath­rooms. It had one when we bought it and it now has three and a cloak­room.”

The pri­va­tion was well worth it, as the house is now a stun­ning home and the decor shows off the own­ers’ cre­ative tal­ents.

Tim, works in store de­sign and vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing, en­joys mix­ing old and new, so some of the fur­ni­ture is from Ne­wark an­tiques fair, while other pieces are from con­tem­po­rary stores like Made.com. Light­ing is also a mix, with an­tique chan­de­liers and new lamps from Abi­gail Ah­ern. Fab­rics wall­pa­per are a mix of Cole and Son and De­sign­ers Guild.

“I looked at mag­a­zines for ideas and I built a mood board for each room and cre­ated the scheme around key pieces,” says Tim, who came up with some in­ge­nious ideas.

The mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a

I’ve re­ally en­joyed liv­ing here and I’ll be very sad to leave. A lot of ef­fort and emo­tion has gone into it.

par­tial di­vid­ing wall be­hind the bed.

It hides a dress­ing room with wardrobes and open rails along one wall and a ta­ble and mir­rors on the other.

Five years of hard work and a small for­tune later, the prop­erty is pic­ture per­fect, but a new job in Lon­don is forc­ing Tim to sell it.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed liv­ing here and I’ll be very sad to leave the house be­hind.

“A lot of ef­fort and emo­tion has gone into it,” he says.

The prop­erty has an en­trance, din­ing hall, large din­ing kitchen, util­ity and cel­lar, draw­ing room and sit­ting room.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room. There are a fur­ther three dou­ble bed­rooms, an en-suite shower room and a lux­u­ri­ous bath­room. Out­side, there is a garage, workshop and gar­dens.

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