homemaker featured property - 9 November 2013

This 1960s three-bedroom bungalow has been transformed into a stunning contemporary four-bedroom family home


With three young children, space was most definitely the key for the Farrington family. Zoe and husband Neil bought a 1960s three-bedroom bungalow in the village of Castleside, near Consett, almost five years ago.

Not the obvious choice for a growing family you may think, however the couple had huge plans for the property which have definitely paid off.

Over nine months, the couple transformed the bungalow into a stunning contemporary four-bedroom family home. As well as beautiful countryside views, there’s more than enough space for their three sons Ewan, 12, Noah, eight, and Will, aged three.

Zoe, a businesswoman who has developed a safety app for motorcyclists, said: “We’ve done a huge amount to the house. When we bought it is was a single storey, three-bedroom bungalow. And what we now have is a three storey, four bedroom house.”

The property on Church Street has been finished to a high standard and features floor to ceiling windows, solid wood flooring and bespoke staircases. The property has been a real labour of love, according to Zoe.

“We wanted to create a fusion of all sorts of things. We wanted to a contemporary country home because the views are absolutely outstanding. We’re right on the edge of Weardale. But also plenty of space for the family.

“Demolishing the bungalow would have been the easy thing to do and it retrospect, we wish we had. But we actually excavated out as it was structurally very sound and we loved the stonework.”

Features include a vaulted hallway with bespoke glass staircase and open plan lounge/sitting room with wood burning stove and floor to ceiling windows.

There is also a master bedroom on this floor with en suite and Japanese soaking tub with uninterrupted countryside views. There is a second bedroom and laundry

Zoe said: “My favourite room is probably the living room as I had the most fun designing the fireplace area. We used some quite unusual materials like polished concrete, breeze blocks, and reclaimed oak sleepers. And it’s also got the floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views.”

A large spiral staircase leads to the lower ground floor which has been converted into an open plan living space. There is a family room, shower room, and open plan kitchen/dining area with French doors leading to the garden.

Upstairs the first floor landing provides useful office space with a mezzanine balcony overlooking the lounge area. There are two double bedrooms and family bathroom. This floor also offers motion sensitive lighting and velux windows.

“We built the house with family in mind. With three boys and three dogs we needed plenty of space.

“It’s been a great place for the boys to grow up. They have been hugely spoiled as their bedrooms are enormous and they’ve had sleepovers with over 10 friends,” said Zoe.

There are lawned gardens with patio areas, driveway, and off road parking for several cars.

Zoe said: “The main selling points are the location, views, space, and the fact it’s all new and completely refurbished. The house has also got a fantastic energy rating as we were very careful to put in a lot of insulation when we built the place.

“We shouldn’t really be leaving and I’ll be gutted to go, but equally I have a thirst for a new project and I’ve seen a couple of potentially interesting properties in the area. That’s the only reason we’re leaving. The rest of the family would rather stay put.”

24 Church Street, Castleside, Consett, is for sale through Your Move at £350,000, tel: 01207 504119.


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