No architect’s name attached to this one, but this 1960s midcentury modern house in Ightham, Kent has been superbly renovated.
Thanks to Stefi Orazi for letting me know about this one, which is in the village of Ightham, located around four miles from Sevenoaks town centre and its mainline rail station. So not exactly out in the wilds.
As I said, no architect’s name available for this one, but whoever worked on this design did a great job creating a house on an elevated spot that uses the sloping plot to its advantage rather than avoiding it. Just look at the back view to see what I mean by that. It almost hugs the landscape.
A 1960s design in the midcentury modern style, it looks pretty much unchanged in terms of the architecture (although I am happy to stand corrected) with the inside also preserving the key features.
That’s the thing here. This is a house that has been renovated. You only need to look at the kitchen and some of the finishing touches to realise that. Certainly not the ‘time capsule’ you might have been expected from a glance of the exterior.
Updating isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially with a finish like this one. The wooden cladding has been maintained, as have the exposed brick walls. The layout looks largely untouched too, which means plenty of open-plan living space and some drama with the vaulted ceilings and ceiling level lighting.
So yes, the decor and many of the details are contemporary. But this is still a 1960s modern house when you strip away those finishing touches.
Substantial too, both inside and out. The property offers just under 1800 sq. ft. of ‘flexible’ accommodation.
That kicks off with the entrance hall with built-in shelving and hanging rails, opening through to the sitting room. That ‘generous’ sitting room has exposed brick walls, timber panelling, vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light to the front and rear of the property. Sliding doors lead to the rear garden.
The sitting room also opens onto the modern kitchen/breakfast room, with all the storage and appliances you would expect of such a space, along with a door to the side leading out to the garden and access to the dining room. A utility too for your white goods. The dining area has built-in storage units, wood-effect flooring and sliding doors to the garden.
Beyond that, it’s all about the bedrooms. The master has dual-aspect windows, built-in wardrobes and a door to the en-suite bathroom.
A second bedroom also has dual-aspect windows, the third has a large window to the rear of the property overlooking the garden, with the fourth bedroom also looking out over the greenery. A family bathroom finishes off the internal space.
But the outside is worth talking about too. A gravel driveway offers plenty of parking space, as well as leading up to the detached garage.
The garden is laid to lawns, but also has a variety of flowering plants and mature shrubs plus a paved terrace with a seating area. Finally, a further paved patio in the far corner of the garden has a cabin/summer house.
So a lot of house, which is available with a guide price of £825,000.
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