In a lovely part of the world, this 1930s art deco house in Kelso, Scotland, is a dream if you love the style and want a project.
Obviously a survey would tell you how much work, but to these eyes, this is a great opportunity to create something characterful. Houses from the 1930s with period details still in place aren’t an easy find these days.
From the outside, this is picture-perfect. An art deco house in white with all those lovely angles and a colourful front door, which I suspect might well be the original. It offers a hint of what’s beyond that front door.
That’s an interior that has changed, but not massively, since the 1930s. This isn’t a single-owner house, but according to the (very helpful) agent, this house hasn’t been on the open market since the early 1960s.
You might have noticed the windows, which look to have been updated to something modern and in keeping with the original design. Adding back the Crittall windows here would be a massive plus. But what’s there is fine and functional.
Beyond that, the occasional radiator and perhaps a tweak of the kitchen space. But nothing much else has changed since the house was constructed in the mid-1930s. That’s a big selling point.
The wood finishes, that wonderful staircase, the chrome handles, the handrail on the stairs, and the doors are all features any fan of Art Deco design would fall for. The fireplaces, whilst updated, may well be original and perhaps the light fittings too.
It just needs a sympathetic update. A fresh finish for the walls and floors, the right interior design pieces, and a reworked kitchen and bathroom, for example. Nothing radical. Updates that would work within the design and for the modern-day family. Because this still works as a family home, both inside and out. There’s no shortage of space on either front.
The house sits in a ‘well maintained mature garden’ and in an elevated position offering views over the River Tweed and Kelso itself.
As for the floorspace, you get a vestibule, hallway, living room, a further sitting/dining room, kitchen area with utility, a store/study space, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
That large garden outside includes two sheds and a greenhouse, with a single garage also on the plot. As I said, space isn’t an issue here at all.
If you can see this as your next home, it is just on the market, with a guide price of £450,000.
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