The first time I viewed “Little Ravenswell” I didn’t really think we’d end up living in it. We were the first people to view it, 9:00am on a Saturday morning and at that point had another offer out on a different property approx. 350 yards from this house, that other property was complete (but over our budget) and we could have just moved on in, it wasn’t in our style but it was sound and in good working order, which with two small toddlers has a huge appeal. Hoping to have this offer accepted, when viewing Little Ravenswell it wasn’t really with my mind fully open to us actually owning it. It was in a tired state, peeling paint on the external fascia, nearly all the window double glazing panels had broken down resulting in a foggy appearance on each pane, the original parquet flooring in the hall had been damaged following a radiator leak and there were numerous superficial cracks in all the plasterwork as well as evidence of water damage from various leaks throughout- the place was in need of some TLC.
We paid for a full structural survey prior to purchasing Little Ravenswell, so we’ve got a clear idea of the warts and all reality of what needs fixing in the property, just by looking at the property you can see the electrics need replacing. The original light switches and light fittings are in place from when the house was built in the 60s, we chuckle at the lack of plug sockets – the house is clearly from an era before the world became obsessed with iPhones and modern technology.
The felt and the sarking in the roof is tired and worn and will need replacing, there have been poor repairs made over time to the roof and we anticipate this will be our biggest expense requiring replacement.
The whole property will need to be rewired, replumbed, replastered, new windows, new roof and most likely have a new layout. Only once all this is done can I indulge my love of interiors, Christian and I are very excited to be attending Lauren Gilberthorpe’s interior design day in April to help us plan the internal look for key rooms and I’ve purchased many homeware items which will ultimately furnish the finished property – I’m a big fan of One World, Made.com and The White Company.
We’re quite open to what could be done to Little Ravenswell looking forward, the possibilities are in abundance and we’re trying not to be limited to our imagination so we await the first thoughts of our Architect at the end of January 2018. We have given him some thoughts of what we do want, but in terms of how this actually looks and is designed we’re totally open. The one obvious thing is to open the back of the house up to maximize enjoyment of the large garden.
Little Ravenswell we believe, will be our forever home, unless anything changes dramatically in our lives, this is the place we plan to settle in for a very long time. The previous owners lived here for 60 years and specifically wanted it to be sold to a family, so we hope we’ll be here for at least another 60. This will be a home, not just our house and we want it to be a happy place, where Poppy and Caspar have the most amazing time growing up. I hope you enjoy following the renovation as it progresses.