Mas­ter­piece in minia­ture

NEW HORI­ZONS: Rus­sell Lumb was an ar­chi­tect for 40 years be­fore turn­ing his at­ten­tion fully to be­com­ing an artist. Both tal­ents are greatly in ev­i­dence in his home. re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

IX years ago Rus­sell and Su­san Lumb left their home near Hud­der­s­field and made a clean break with the place that had been their nest for decades. They’d brought up their sons and en­joyed life while Rus­sell ran his own ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice and Su­san a sta­tionery shop. When re­tire­ment beck­oned, they de­clut­tered, down­sized and moved to a cot­tage in Snain­ton, five miles in­land from Scar­bor­ough.

Along­side de­sign­ing ho­tels, shops, schools and a host of other build­ings, Rus­sell had spent many years learn­ing to draw at life draw­ing classes led by the cel­e­brated York­shire artist Tom Wood at Red Brick Mill in Bat­ley. A few years ago, he moved on to paint­ing, and since then a world of colour has opened up as he con­tin­ues to ex­plore both ab­stract and fig­u­ra­tive work. He takes part in North York­shire Open Stu­dios and ex­hibits at shows across York­shire – in­clud­ing the month-long Great North­ern Art Show, which opens at the end of this month.

The prop­erty the Lumbs found in Snain­ton was a three-bed­room cot­tage from around the late 19th cen­tury, which had orig­i­nally been a stor­age barn for a cut flower small­hold­ing. It had been con­verted pre­vi­ously, but was in need of rad­i­cal change, in their view. It came with a near-derelict barn, des­tined even­tu­ally to be­come Rus­sell’s stu­dio, with a util­ity room and guest ac­com­mo­da­tion for four on a newly in­stalled first floor.

The two build­ings were con­nected by a cu­ri­ously raised court­yard cov­ered en­tirely by tar­mac, from which you stepped down into the cot­tage. Af­ter ex­ca­vat­ing, red bricks from Her­itage Stone and Oak at Guis­bor­ough were laid, and a com­pact but glo­ri­ous cot­tage gar­den was cre­ated in raised beds.

The con­ser­va­tion reg­u­la­tions were tight, but Rus­sell’s plan to ex­tend the kitchen by a me­tre and bring in light via large pan­elled win­dows and lou­vres was ap­proved.

It took nine months for the house to be gut­ted and con­verted into a flow­ing, mod­ernised, energy-ef­fi­cient and snug home which nods to tra­di­tion but is not overly def­er­en­tial to it. Builder Derek Bur­ton worked with Rus­sell to re­alise his plans, which in­cluded reroof­ing us­ing the old tiles and cre­at­ing a glass half wall be­tween hall­way and liv­ing room.

Rus­sell and Su­san found their glossy white kitchen at Mag­net, but up­scaled the look with beau­ti­ful West­more­land

We have a per­fect space for two peo­ple, us­ing a small­ish space

to the max­i­mum.

CALM­ING IN­FLU­ENCE:

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

A sim­ple pal­ette of Du­lux Her­itage shades Lin­net White and Green Earth are used through­out the cot­tage to pro­vide a per­fect back­drop for stun­ning pieces by the likes of Tom Wood, Ca­role Tyler, Rob Moore and Bren Head. Up­stairs the master bed­room, guest room and bath­room are sim­ple, al­most monas­tic spa­ces brought to life by paint­ings.

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