Although the house is not an eco-build, Elaine and Ian insisted on high levels of insulation and the inclusion of an air source heat pump, aiming to maintain a steady all-year- round temperature.
The couple wanted their new home to be a mix of old and new both inside and out, with traditional style Disimple Weiberger Hathaway Brindle bricks to
complement their old home, Imerys Beauvoise roof tiles and contemporary triple-glazed windows. The interior reflects this approach with with light, open spaces, streamlined kitchen units and modern feature light fittings working with oak and walnut antique furniture, bought through Ian’s fine furniture business at Crimple Hall near Harrogate.
“We planned so far aheads that we knew where key pieces of furniture would go before we started building,’ says Ian.
The icing on the cake for Elaine has been recognition of her garden design, which earned Marshalls building supplies both a regional and a national award for Best Use of a New Product (vitrified paving).
Now Elaine’s passion has become a full time career. “I love working with people who all have different visions, and reasons, for their
particular style of garden,” she says. “The gardens I am asked to design range from contemporary to traditional and everything in between. It is not just the garden and plants that inspire me but the many sculpture exhibits and use of landscaping materials. Cor-ten steel proves to be as popular as ever and a product that I am including in one of my current designs.”
For Ian and Elaine their home and garden is the perfect package.
‘It has completely lived up to all our hopes and expectations,’ says Ian. “We feel very close to nature here. We can see the sunsets, watch the wildlife, and experience the subtle changes of the landscape throughout the year, all from the comfort of our armchairs. It’s definitely a house for all seasons.”
*Useful Contacts: *Architect Steve Johnson of MJF Architects, tel: 0113 240 0012, www.mjfarchitects.co.uk
Garden design by Elaine James Garden Design, tel: 01423 330804
*High point: “Watching the garden mature and seeing how well it worked with the house. It paid to develop them at the same time.”
Low point: When we started researching building materials we spent an afternoon taking photographs of local properties. A resident thought we were checking out people’s houses with suspicious intent. Shortly after we got home we were confronted by a policeman who had come to check us out.”
Source : https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/self-build-story-the-yorkshire-house-for-all-seasons-1-9110050