Updating a 1970s home
‘When I looked through the window and could see part of the garden, too, I was sold.’ Having taken on redecoration projects in the past, Liz and Dave weren’t put off by the amount of work needed to bring the interior up to date.The previous owners had introduced dado rails, lots of dark wood and beams to try to create a cottage style but Liz wanted to strip it right back.The feeling you have when you meet him is sheer admiration — admiration for what he’s achieved in life but, more pertinently to this story, admiration for what he’s achieved with a deeply unfashionable 1970s home in one of the best spots in Lancashire. The bungalow was situated on a large private plot, and it had sold once to owners who had put in a planning application to demolish it and replace it with a Georgian mansion, but planning was refused,” explains Shaun. I could see that, given its price, as a plot it didn’t stack up — but, as a £500,000 bungalow on a secluded, private road packed with houses valued up to £2,000,000, it made complete sense.
And then the owner comes along and flies in the face of conventional wisdom — and does something so clever (and yet so simple) that it results in something extraordinary and, you feel, becomes a new standard-bearer for what we can do with our housing. He’s spent the last 23 years self-building, converting and renovating properties, and built up a pretty nice empire for himself — which he then, thanks to his amazing vision, decided to sell off just before the market collapsed in 2007.
The listing says, “Impeccable, bright contemporary with dramatic lines, soaring ceilings, and newer systems. Every detail addressed with full remodel from top to bottom.”“Exquisite details include a wooded cabana, wide plank white oak floors, reclaimed wood kitchen island, new flagstone patio, custom iron stair railings, wood plank ceiling in dining room, and a master bedroom courtyard with outdoor shower.”Lauren says she may miss her outdoor shower most of all!