Something of a time capsule, but this 1970s modern house in Tarporley, Cheshire is in need of some work to bring it back to its best.
Of course it is. A good amount of this one has been untouched for the best part of 50 years. But some of that hasn’t aged well and other parts have been updated and don’t really fit with the modern nature of the house.
That’s the task here. Focus on the good bits, rip out the rest, create a modern house with one foot in the past, but with the functionality of a modern-day home. To be fair, the architect has done you a favour, creating a design that internally, has aged pretty well.
The house is known as Larch Hill and it sits in an elevated spot, offering up view of the nearby village of Kelsall. As you would imagine from the location, the layout is an ‘upside-down configuration’ over the two floors.
I suspect some people might not be keen on the ‘red’ theme on the exterior of the house. As ever, personal taste. But the interior probably needs more consideration. There is so much potential here if you get this one right.
I would be showcasing the wooden flooring, the oh-so-retro staircase, the beams and that amazing large reception area with exposed brick wall and wooden ceiling, not to mention the original fireplace. All of that adds in plenty of character.
Outside of that, I would probably want to see the back of all the louvre doors (especially the saloon-style doors) and update the kitchen and bathroom to something more contemporary. Beyond that, it’s just about the decor and finishes for me. The house looks pretty empty right now, so perhaps not shown off at its best. But with a keen eye, this one should be a stunner once more.
Space is on its side too. The reception hall is impressive with its parquet flooring and the open-tread staircase, leading into the principal bedroom with built-in storage, a dressing area and an en-suite bathroom.
Beyond that is a a ‘bedroom wing’ with two more ‘well-proportioned’ bedrooms with built-in storage and the family bathroom.
Head up the staircase and a ‘spacious’ landing leads to that large reception area, complete with full-height glazing and an exposed brick chimney breast and fireplace. The exposed brick wall partly split off the dining room with feature full-height corner glazing.
Note that the room has a door to a side balcony if you want to get outside and take in those views. Finishing off this floor is an L-shaped kitchen with a door to a second balcony. There are also steps down to the garden if you fancy a bit of al-fresco dining.
As for the outside, the property is approached via a tarmacadam driveway, which offers plenty of off-street parking and access to the double garage.
There’s also a front garden with gently-sloping lawn, bordered by flowerbeds, and with a paved path leading to the front door. At the rear, a lawned bank screened by mature trees leads to a paved terrace with access to an external store.
Offers over £450,000 if you want this one.
Images and details courtesy of Strutt and Parker. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
Thanks to Stefi Orazi for the tip-off!