It’s not often that plots of land – or houses generally, for that matter – come up for sale in the village of Bolsterstone, especially on Sunny Bank Road.
For first-time self builder Simon Wells, it was a dream come true when a rare opportunity to purchase a plot came up. “When I read this site was going up for auction, I couldn’t let it slip away,” explains Simon.
The brief was to create was a contemporary light-filled home that took full advantage of the sought-after plot.
“The site wasn’t large, but it was big enough for a spacious modern property,” he says. “I had taken a huge risk in that the plot didn’t come with planning, however it already housed a dilapidated shack, so I knew we could find a way to work with the local authority to create something truly unique and sympathetic to the landscape.”
The house was oriented so to make the most of the warmth and light, with the main south-facing living space contained on the upper storey.
For this reason, the wall here is made up almost entirely of glazed doors, which not only encourage solar gain but also provide outstanding panoramic views.
“When the large sliding door is opened up to the decked patio, our living space immediately doubles in size,” says Simon. “I chose to use the same Italian porcelain tiles indoors and out here, so there’s no distinction between the zones.”
Downstairs there’s a plant room, L-shaped utility and store. There is also a study, bathroom and three sizeable, well thought-out bedrooms (including a master ensuite). Additionally, they have fitted their daughter Bailey’s room with a large walk-in wardrobe, and space for an en-suite.
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