It’s not just stately homes that open their doors to the public. Last week, during the annual national Love Architecture Festival, the Kerr family from Marsden invited visitors to tour their more modest but strikingly contemporary home. HILARIE STELFOX went along to meet them
THE Kerr family’s newly-built modern home on the steep hillside overlooking Marsden has become something of a local talking point.
As its designer and owner, architect Daniel Kerr says: “It has generated quite a bit of curiosity, but we have had no-one say that it doesn’t fit in.”
Surrounded on all sides by traditional stone 1940s houses, Hard Hill stands alone with its contemporary lines and unusual construction.
From the outside it has that unmistakable stamp of what is known in the real estate trade as ‘an architect-designed house.’
Inside, it is quite clearly a much-used family home, inhabited by Daniel, 46, his wife Marie, 45, and two sons Christopher, 10, and Kieran, 13.
Daniel, a former physics graduate, began thinking about creating the three-bedroomed detached residence several years ago. He had gone back to university to study architecture and was still working towards his professional qualifications. At the time the family was living in the end-of-terrace house next door, which just happened to have a large garden to the side.
It is on this garden that their new home now stands and their old house has been handed over to Marie’s mother, Glenda Butterworth. The project has had an added bonus by bringing three generations of the family together.
In contrast to their previous home, Hard Hill is light and airy and both of the boys have their own bedrooms.
“They had to share a room in our old house as I used the box room as an office,” said Daniel, who set up his own practice, Superhistory, after completing his training last year.
He studied architecture at Huddersfield University before working at three West Yorkshire firms.
The house, while spacious, has not been built on a grand scale. All living areas have been combined into one big space with just a staircase – which also doubles as a giant bookcase – dividing the kitchen, dining and sitting section from a home office.
“It’s what we wanted,” said Marie, a former engineer who is now a lecturer in business studies at Leeds Metropolitan University.