A renovation project with original features? Of course, I am interested in this 1930s art deco house in Dursley, Gloucestershire.
Described by the agent as a ‘unique opportunity’ to purchase a ‘statement home’ in a sought-after spot, this is a pretty much untouched house from the 1930s. Yes, they do come up now and again.
This one isn’t quite the complete time capsule. But it isn’t that far off. There are some obvious upgrades here, such as the central heating, some light fittings and a kitchen that was probably installed in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Beyond that, the house looks to be the pretty much the one built back in the 1930s. At least, I think so. You might want to question whether the flat roof section of the house is an extension or not. I haven’t a clue and I’m only questioning it because of the roof. If it is an addiction, it was added some time back.
It’s not really an issue either. If gives you more space and fits well with the rest of the house. And like the rest of the house, it needs some work to bring it back to its best.
The originality is there for all to see. Whether that’s the curved bay windows or the glazed green roof tiles, not to mention the original staircase, internal doors and parquet flooring. Looks like the original Crittall windows too. There is a good foundation here to create someone’s dream period home.
But let’s not kid ourselves that this is just a case of moving in your furniture. This is a house desperately in need of freshening up.
Some of the fireplaces are later additions, the carpets and walls are tired, the kitchen needs a rethink and I’m not convinced about sinks in bedrooms in the 21st century. Pretty much every corner of this house would need work on some level.
Would it be worth it? Absolutely. This is the kind of renovation project I would dream of taking on. Saving a 1930s house and bringing it back to life in the modern era. I imagine I am not alone in seeing the potential here.
Lots of space within as well. A recessed porch with panelled front door leads to a hallway with ‘deep cloaks cupboard’ and original parquet woodblock flooring.
That leads off to a lounge with feature bay window and a tiled fireplace. Away from that is a dining room with original open fireplace and a glazed door leading onto the rear patio. Finally, on the ground floor, there is a large kitchen and breakfast room with a strong 1970s vibe going on. A good space, whatever you do with it.
Head up the dogleg staircase and you will find yourself at the galleried landing with access to the roof storage space and built-in wardrobe cupboard. Beyond that is the first bedroom with wardrobes, a hand basin and a window with views across to the River Severn.
Bedroom two has a feature corner window and views towards the Cotswold Escarpment, bedroom three is another with a hand basin and bedroom four has a feature curved casement window and panelled radiator. A family bathroom is also on this floor, as well as a separate WC.
Not quite all the space as there is an attached garage, one with folding doors, a water supply and a rear ‘courtesy’ door.
Plenty of land too, extending to approximately 400 ft. in length with lawns to the front, ornamental shrubs, bushes and trees providing a good amount of privacy. Also a driveway to the side and a turning area plus a paved patio, mature cherry tree, Cotswold stone walling, shrubs and bushes, a greenhouse and shed to the rear, along with more lawn.
I suspect this one might be popular. If you want to get to the front of the queue, it has just gone up with a guide price of £450,000.
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