Re­gency house in Chel­tenham

Ren­o­vat­ing a di­lap­i­dated

Cotswold Life - - CONTENTS - WORDS: Vic­to­ria Jenk­ins PIC­TURES: Lisa Lod­wig N

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

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