THE saying ‘Home is where the heart Is’ certainly rings true for Julia Burns, of Milnsbridge.
Despite the house being in a state of neglect when she first viewed it, she bought her stone-built Armitage Road home because she fell in love with its charm.
She spent time and money lovingly restoring the terraced property and, because she saw her future there, she even obtained planning permission to extend it.
After all of this effort, however, she has now fallen for another property, just minutes down the road, and is now looking to sell up to secure it.
“I’ve lived in the house for 17 years and I’ve practically grown up in it,” explained Julia.
“It was in a real mess when I bought it and a lot of hard work has been put into it.
“We’ve got quite a large family. I’ve got four of my five children still living at home, and because we planned to stay here we got planning permission to add on an extra bedroom and extend the kitchen out.”
The four-bedroom property was built in about 1910. It is believed to have been once owned by the stationmaster when the village had a working train station running behind Julia’s house, which she lives in with her children and husband Jonathan.
When Julia moved into the four-bedroom house with her former husband, it needed a lot of work to bring it up to date. However, the property, was a good size with plenty of living space and so had bags of potential to be turned into a dream family home.
“It was in a right mess when I first came it look at it, absolutely awful!” said Julia. “But I just fell in love with it and I got the feeling that it could be really gorgeous once all the work was done.
“I needed all sorts of things doing to it. The kitchen was not usable so that had to be completely re-done, the bathroom stayed the same but we put in a new suite in September.
“We also put in new flooring and windows, redecorated and even had some stairs put into the attic and converted the space into a double bedroom, which I love!”
The house also had a lot of period character, which Julia loved, with its high ceilings, feature fireplaces, a beautiful ceiling rose in the lounge and lovely cornicing detail.
Julia said: “It’s a great size, perfect for a family, and it’s got plenty of storage, especially under both sides of the eaves in the attic.
“I love my cellar, which we turned into a utility room, and I’ve got my exercise bike and television down there. The kitchen-diner is lovely. It’s bespoke and has a range cooker and is a great size for me because I practically live in there!”
Set over four floors, the family’s home is bright and light and offers all the features essential for contemporary living. A country-cottage feel is created by mixing pine furniture with more contemporary items.
Despite the odd statement feature, like the striking red wall over the fireplace in the lounge, the decor is predominately neutral with cream walls and understated flooring, offering the perfect blank canvas for potential buyers to put their own stamp on.
The tiered gardens, which have also had a lot of work put into them since the family moved in, are also a lovely space.
“ I wouldn’t be leaving the house if I hadn’t set my heart on the one down the road, which I’ve actually had my eye on for years,” said Julia.
“It is bigger and will give our large family more space, but like this house was when we bought it, it also needs a lot of work doing to it!
“But I will be sad to leave this one. It’s been such a nice family house.”
Julia’s home is on the market for £179,995. To arrange a viewing contact Boultons on 01484 515029.