homemaker featured property - 25 January 2014

Positioned in Northside, Birtley, the spacious home of Sue Sage could prove ideal for families with young children


Sue Sage has always had a desire to build her own home. And today she can raise a toast to success after seeing her dreams come to fruition.

Sue, who is married to Allan, 47, would ideally like to see a self-build revolution as she firmly believes it can save all the hassle associated with a second-hand property.

She moved into her self-build home seven years ago after staying in a friend’s property in Heworth while it was created.

She said: “The building work started in the November and we had moved in by May. You get what you want, when you want it with a self-build. You can design it around your needs. The only downside when I saw it for the first time was that it was so big and I’d have the job of cleaning it!”

Individuality counts for a lot in Sue’s opinion and it’s not the first time she has had a hand in building her own home.

“I built my first home around 23 years ago now. This one is my second, although it has been built with the help of friends.

“This house is quite quirky compared to the last one as it’s over three levels. We changed the initial design a few times in order to flood the property with light and we also changed what was the study room and created a bedroom in its place.”

The detached home has a modern exterior but a traditional interior, complete with a cream shaker-style kitchen.

There is a grand entrance porch which opens into the hallway, a lounge/sitting room with French doors to the back garden and a separate dining room downstairs.

Positioned in Northside, Birtley, the spacious property could prove ideal for families with young children.

“I liked the idea of being able to design my own kitchen from scratch. It’s quite traditional in its design but combines modern and traditional elements well,” said Sue.

With accommodation over three floors and six bedrooms, there is also plenty of space for anyone who likes to entertain.

Sue, who has two children living at home, Abbie, 20, and Ross,18, said: “We had more than 100 people here for my son’s 18th birthday, so the house does lend itself to entertaining.

The central staircase leads to the first and second floors. From the first floor landing there is access to the master bedroom suite which incorporates an en suite. The bedrooms are among Sue’s favourite spaces within the house.

Bedroom two has a dressing area and en-suite shower room. There are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom complete with modern suite and separate shower cubicle. The second floor, meanwhile, provides two additional double guest bedrooms with panoramic landscape views and a guest shower room.

And with such generous outdoor space too, including a five-car driveway, there is plenty of potential for families.

Sue, who is a hospital theatre nurse, said: “The local area is quite quiet really and there is plenty of green space for anyone with children. There are also good restaurants and shops nearby and it only takes me 20 minutes to get to work in Newcastle.”

“We have a five-car driveway and a double garage at the front of the house which makes the property ideal for anyone with extended family. To the back, the house has panoramic valley views from the garden and a raised decked

So what does the future hold for Sue now and would she do it all again?

“I’d have no hesitation in building another home. I’d love to and I’m looking at the move as an exciting and fresh challenge.

“We do want to stay in the local area, somewhere between here and Whickham.

“The only difference will be the scale, we’re looking to downside now as the children are about to fly the nest.”

The property in Northside, Birtley, Chester-le-Street, County Durham is for sale through Your Move Chris Stonock at offers around £475,000, tel: 0191 686 0477.


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