two be­come one

In­grid and Dave Goode found a way to make the old and newer parts of their 18th-cen­tury stone cot­tage flow seam­lessly to­gether

25 Beautiful Homes - - NEWS - Fea­ture Karen Wil­son | Photography Fiona Walker-arnott

Re­work­ing the lay­out and up­dat­ing the decor has brought this Lin­colnshire cot­tage back to life

After five years liv­ing in a two-bed­room Vic­to­rian ter­raced house next to the vil­lage pub in Cas­tle Bytham, Lin­colnshire, In­grid and Dave Goode’s sec­ond bed­room was burst­ing at the seams. ‘I’m a free­lance tex­tile de­signer, so it dou­bled up as a stu­dio and a guest bed­room, which wasn’t ideal,’ says In­grid.

Al­though the cou­ple weren’t look­ing to move, In­grid had no­ticed a For Sale board out­side their neigh­bour’s four-bed­room cot­tage for some time. ‘On the spur of the mo­ment I knocked on the door,’ she ad­mits. ‘There was a 1980s kitchen, blood-red walls in the sit­ting room and poor light­ing, but I could see its po­ten­tial.’

The small gar­den was putting fam­i­lies off, but the cou­ple knew they didn’t need acres of space. ‘It was just within our price range and un­der the stamp duty thresh­old so we put in an of­fer that week­end,’ says In­grid. ‘Luck­ily, the sale went smoothly as the owner was mov­ing abroad and we sold our house to first-time buy­ers.’

Built in 1750, the cot­tage had a two-storey 1970s ex­ten­sion that dou­bled the ground-floor space and pro­vided two ex­tra bed­rooms

up­stairs. In­grid and Dave wanted to im­prove the flow of the ground floor, but their plans were thrown into dis­ar­ray when a leak caused the bath­room floor to col­lapse. ‘Get­ting mar­ried the same year an­ni­hi­lated our bud­get,’ says In­grid, ‘so we ended up spend­ing eight years with con­crete floor­ing and wiring on show.’

Once they’d saved up, the cou­ple moved the en­trance door from the kitchen to the din­ing room and knocked the two spa­ces to­gether, re­plac­ing win­dows at the side with gar­den doors. And the sit­ting room in the old­est part of the house also needed con­sid­er­able work. ‘The stone walls felt op­pres­sive so we added lime plaster over the bot­tom part and painted it dark blue.’ In­grid, who has a de­gree in sur­face pat­tern de­sign, de­scribes her style as, ‘eclec­tic mod­ern coun­try. I like to mix vin­tage pieces with con­tem­po­rary de­sign. I find that oth­er­wise, it’s got no soul if it’s all new.’

The fi­nal job was trans­form­ing the ‘mud bath’ of a gar­den. ‘I need to buy new fur­ni­ture to fin­ish it off,’ says In­grid. ‘Hav­ing said that, I’m al­ways get­ting itchy feet to re-dec­o­rate. Noth­ing stays the same – we’re of­ten mov­ing things around.’

KITCHEN- DINER The shelves, found out­side a pot­ter’s shop, were the start­ing point for the de­sign of this rus­tic scheme. try Chic Craquele grey wall tiles, £52.44sq m, topps tiles. Be­spoke art­work, from £600, in­grid De­signs

MAS­TER BED­ROOM ‘I thought paint­ing both the walls and ceil­ing in Can­ton by Lit­tle Greene might be too much but it was one of our best de­ci­sions,’ says In­grid. grove gar­den w5603-02 wall­pa­per by os­borne & Lit­tle, £67 per roll, Paint & Pa­per

BATH­ROOM Black paint was used to trans­form the ex-dis­play bath tub. honed black slate floor tiles, £35.95sq m, walls and Floors, would work here

GUEST BED­ROOM In­grid’s favourite piece of fur­ni­ture is the bureau (right), which used to be­long to her dad. For a sim­i­lar wall­pa­per, try Su­per­fresco easy Nature trail white Mica, £15.99 per roll, homebase

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