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Sycamore House

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It was a nineteenth century five bedroom farm house in ten acres of land in need of refurbishment, new kitchen, bathroom, several new internal doors and new damp course required. The house had been in the same family for a hundred years but ill health forced an early sale lower than the market price.

The Procedure and Outcome:

We replaced the kitchen and gave the bathroom new doors. Then we improved the damp course and decorated with new carpets as required. We then built a stable block for seven horses, created a new gravel drive and installed a new gate with replaced fencing around the land. On completion the house was then sold.

Glen Cottage - York

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Prior to Refurbishment:

It was a one bedroom cottage built in the mid nineteenth century as part of a larger house. The cottage had been let out for many years without any investment by the owners. It had a ground floor kitchen, a hall/dining area and a small lounge. Stairs from the dining area led to a small landing with a bathroom to the left and the only bedroom to the right. The property was in an ideal position for most facilities including the train and road network.

Process to improve the property and Outcome:

We removed the ground floor kitchen and rebuilt it with adequate foundations to build an upper floor and a second bedroom above. Access was obtained by forming a smaller bathroom and providing a stud wall with a door. This new wall extended from the existing landing to the new bedroom creating a longer landing to the new bedroom. Windows were provided, along with a front door onto the pavement at the front of the house. A later idea was to build a porch on the side of the kitchen which had access to a small yard where a car could be parked. The property also had an original door at the rear. The kitchen was fitted with units and smooth floor covering. The house was subsequently decorated and fitted with new carpets. The property was then placed on the open market.


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A 1970’s semidetached bungalow with original window frames, doors, kitchen and bathroom. Outside there was a shed in the garden which was very over grown. The property
was in a quiet area of the city close to all facilities and the road network.


We removed and replaced the window frames, kitchen, bathroom and external doors and then created a room in the attic with a staircase off the main lounge. We then added a conservatory to the rear of the property. The shed was removed and a garage built plus a new drive on which gates were provided. The bungalow on completion was let out for twelve months and subsequently sold.