Regency house in Cheltenham
Renovating a dilapidated
Once it had been a beautiful example of Regency architecture. But by the time Steve Crumblehulme and his partner Leigh bought it, the three-storey Grade 2 listed house in Cheltenham was sadly dilapidated.
“Not only that but once the owners had taken out all their antique furniture we knew we had a challenge to make it look as good,” he says.
That was in the summer of 2014, but now the place looks completely different.
First Steve and Leigh began by re-weighting and rehanging the original sash windows so as to keep out the damp. “Each window was about a day’s work and it took the company two weeks in all,” says Steve.
Then they had the front of the house jet-washed from top to bottom as it was covered in generations of soot. “It caused a bit of a drama when water came through the wooden panelling
above the windows,” says Steve. “This is when we realised that the limestone was crumbling. We had to replace some missing bits of limestone and got it from the same quarry which had supplied the original stone nearly 200 years ago. Then we gave the front a new lime render.”
They realised the kitchen needed rewiring when a fridge plug exploded, startling their guest. “She thought it was indoor fireworks, set off to celebrate her birthday,” says Steve. In the end they had to gut the whole kitchen and lower the ceiling too for a cosier feeling.
“Because of water damage we had to remove the plaster from one wall but the exposed brickwork looked so good we kept it like that,” says Steve. Then the kitchen was completely refitted with new units from Joseph and Kingsley of Cheltenham with crystal quartz worktops.
“We also had to replaster some of the bedrooms and all three levels of the hallway.”
The units are from Joseph and Kingsley (now closed) and painted Farrow & Ball Lamproom Gray while the worktops are in crystal quartz. The table is from Unto This Last in Shoreditch. The glass splashback was from Cheltenham Glass Splashback chosen to match Farrow and Ball’s Eating Room Red
The mirror and coat rail are from Malthouse Emporium, Tewkesbury, and the rug from Wayfair