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Perched on a hill 10 minutes’ drive from Bath, this converted and refurbished carpenter’s workshop has the most sensational views, overlooking a patchwork of meadows and hedgerows for 26 miles.
Living in the house below, its new owners knew it was a fantastic opportunity when they learned the workshop was for sale.
The couple bought it at the end of the first lockdown of the summer and installed furniture for their friends to stay in during the warmer months. They then embarked on the complete renovation at the end of 2020.
“Our vision was to rent it out but also to use it for our family and friends,” explain the owners. “We love going up there for movie nights and it was helpful in allowing us a change of scenery if needed.”
The couple cleared out the attic and had it insulated, put in a new wooden plank balcony and added the wood stove. “We also redid the lighting and installed new bathrooms,” explain the owners.
In addition to the mesmerizing views, the main ground floor has an enormous sense of space with a vaulted ceiling and a floor plan that flows freely from the kitchen to the dining room and living room area. The low profile of the sofas ensures that the view has an impact from the moment you enter.
The open space
The couple’s furniture choices are largely solid, modern, and beautifully upholstered with a few antique pieces anchoring the home in the past. Area rugs help delineate each space in the open plan design.
They chose an oversized mirror for the fireplace mantle. It provides a strong focal point in the room and also brings a dramatic view to the center of the home.
The original lower units have been retained while the owners have added a quartz surface and shelving so crockery is easily accessible. “We kept the wide, deep drawers in the kitchen and added open shelving so visitors unfamiliar with the layout could find things easily,” they explain. . “We avoided buying from big brands, but instead scoured Etsy for smaller makers who are just getting started. It was a really fun part of the process.
Floating shelves in the kitchen, from BespOak Interiors, offer smart yet stylish storage. “They look fantastic and are very secure. We wanted as much exposure as possible,” they explain.
The original boards were stripped and then oiled. Wicker chairs set a relaxed note, while symmetrical lights and lamps balance out the scheme.
The couple introduced accent colors to enhance the pale palette.
The floor plan revolves around the glass-screened spiral staircase, which Is made of concrete but mimics the local sandstone. The light from above flows along its axis into the lower part of the house.
The master bedroom
While the main living area upstairs is neutral with lots of splashes of color, the bedrooms downstairs have more vibrant tones. ‘I found myself making braver choices because no one would live there full time,” the owner explains.
Beautifully made curtains and cushions were another detail the owner was eager to invest in. ‘My cousin came with a box of Studio B fabrics – they are really fun with amazing colorways so we used them for all the house curtains and blinds.’
In this bedroom, the curtains prompted the bedroom’s vibrant color palette. ‘I love the color contrast and the wavy lines on the fabric as well as the shape of the headboard,” the owner explains.
The guest room
The owners chose this bold blue bedroom idea after successfully using it in the study. A cabinet is discreetly tucked into a recess at one end of the room.
At the other end, symmetrical oversized table lamps and an ornate mirror give pride of place to the bed, the curves of the lamps balancing the shape of the headboard.
The azure tones continue into the bathroom, where pale blue painted window frames blend with the beautiful tiles and tub panel. Neatly stacked Roman shades inject a dose of bold color and help frame the living wall beyond.
Additional words: Juliette Benning