Houzz Tour: Linda Barker’s Converted Country Cottage in Yorkshire
A sympathetic extension has transformed this characterful cottage, adding light and space
When Linda discovered the 1890s property, she loved its location and charm and was inspired to build on the existing space to equip it for modern life. Thanks to a sympathetic extension and a clever redesign, she’s enhanced the cottage and increased the ground floor living space while retaining the home’s period charm.
Who lives here Interior designer and creative director of Wren Kitchens Linda Barker, her husband, Chris, their daughter, Jessica, and their new lurcher puppy, Stanley
Location East Riding of Yorkshire
Property A detached house built in 1890
Size 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Sofas, Multiyork. Walls painted in Storm Grey, Zoffany.
“We wanted to create a comfortable family home that was easy to maintain, while blending the rural cottage feel with a contemporary vibe,” she says.
Opening up the living space has transformed the way the rooms are used. “I love how easily people occupy the rooms, and move through the different spaces both inside and out,” Linda says.
“A large family gathering sees all the ground floor rooms being used for different activities. The house is full of conversation and it promotes a sociable atmosphere, with youngsters occupying certain spaces and adults using others.”
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Bathroom, Wren Bathrooms.
Walls painted in Architects White, Zoffany.
Long Tube cage and Long Tube Filament light bulb, Urban Cottage Industries.
Walls painted in Smoke, Zoffany.
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an exotic woodworm that ate its way through a solid oak floor. “Now long gone, thankfully,” says Linda.
Cow Parsley wallpaper, Cole & Son.
“It was important to us to create lots of different areas where we could enjoy either the sunrise or sunset, and appreciate the far-reaching views,” says Linda.
Decking, The Outdoor Deck Company.
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