Friday 9 January 2015

Two unfinished grand designs

The last six months have been all about The Extension. Planning it, permitting it, building it day perhaps... finishing it. 
It was finished enough for Christmas (see below...ahem) and has already made a massive difference to the tiny cottage we've been renovating. Finally we have indoor space to entertain in (there was the Christmas dinner shared under a snow-heavy gazebo; the several parties that required the building of outdoor dancefloors...).
We have just enough cash left to plaster the plasterboard, but I've accepted that the floor will stay as OSB and I've stopped noticing the unrendered blockwork.
Anyhow, all of that is small potatoes compared to the properties I've picked for you today.
Neither are wrecks - both are big, grand unfinished projects put on the market after the wherewithal to complete the job ran out.
Above is Burnfoot Lodge, at the entrance to Springkell Estate at Eaglesfield, in Dumfries. A handsome, detached house with a small garden and great views.
Downstairs is a big, 6m sq kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors, plus good-sized lounge, sitting room, hall, utility and downstairs loo. Upstairs are four bedrooms, master en-suite, and family bathroom.

Lots of nice features - sandstone walls and chunky wood door frames, but plenty more to finish (services seem incomplete?).
It's on the market at offers around £220k through LJ Residential. Details here and on Rightmove here.
My second pick was sent in by Wreck reader Paul. It's actually former stables, replanned as a three-bedroom house and a one-bed apartment:

The properties are just outside the village of Kenn, about six miles from Exeter, and belong to Paul, who wrote: "Stables South is completed but we have run out of money (and interest) with regard finishing Stables North" 

Above:  Stables South, with Stables North below

At £485k it's pricier than I'd usually pick but the completed work is nicely done and it's in a good area and has a pretty garden.

The package is on the market through Kivells, details here

And our own mini-Grand design? Post-Xmas mayhem....