SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 166
'We've evoked the
CAN YOU CREATE A
PERIOD STYLE? THIS
COUPLE DID JUST
THAT... TWICE OVER!
arah and Richard Newton
were delighted when they
found their perfect home.
Victorian property in
Rochester, Kent, was elegant and
boasted many original features. Plus
it had plenty of space for the couple,
both 49, and their three teenagers,
Gordon, now 18, and twins Charlotte
and Gemma, 17.
'We've always wanted a period
property, especially one close to the
lovely Dickensian Rochester High
Street,' says Sarah. 'The four-floor
terraced house was built in 1847 for
naval officers. We bought it in May
2015, and moved in a month later.'
However, there was a lot of work to
be done on the house to turn it into
their dream home - without losing
any of the character that gave the
property its charm. High on the list
of priorities were the two bathrooms,
which were both in a sorry state.
A CORNER UNIT CAN
BE A PRACTICAL
CHOICE AS IT OPENS
UP THE CENTRE OF
THE BATHROOM AND
'Our upstairs bathroom was leaking
- it had a cracked floor and a broken
toilet,' recalls Sarah. 'Also, the layout
didn't make the most of the space.
'The downstairs bathroom was a
small wet room with a leaking toilet.
It was dirty, damp and the worst
feature of the house. The toilet, sink
and shower were so close that you
could sit on the loo, wash your hands
and have a shower simultaneously.
'With three teenagers and two
adults living in the house, we really
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