Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Take a peek inside this totally transformed property

Once a maltings and oast house, this Grade II listed 18th century property has been completely transformed, refurbished to create a contemporary living space. Set by the River Welland, in Market Deeping, the yellow limestone and brick building with a Collyweston Roof is walking distance from everything you could require.

When the owners purchased The Old Maltings, it was simply “four walls, a roof, and a mud floor.” A derelict shell, there were no windows, doors, or services – no plumbing, water, or electricity. “We started from nothing, but have never regretted one minute of it,” the owners said.

The work was not without considerable challenges, such as the discovery that the walls were not designed to support floors. This, along with the Collyweston Roof’s weight, meant a steel box had to be designed as an internal structure, which the owners then concealed behind wool insulation, stud work and plasterboard. In addition, the building’s Grade II listing stipulated that all holes for windows and doorways must be retained, without creating new ones.

Walking to the back of the property, one enters into the home’s hall through a timber door in the centre of the building. Ahead is a WC, to the right one will find the reception room, and to the left is the immaculate kitchen, which the owners have deliberately designed not to look too much like a kitchen. This is illustrated by the choice to not put cupboards on the wall, which produces a very open environment and has enabled the owners to almost create a gallery in their place.

Meanwhile a board covers the sink, and integrated appliances are hidden. The oak worktops and handle-less modern doors cover a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, wine fridge, and washing machine. Further, two electric ovens, side by side, have slide and hide doors. The kitchen also hosts a central island, with spherical glass pendants above, incorporating a hob and sink.

From the kitchen one can reach what is described by the owner as the German glass box, a conservatory which can be opened up on all three sides, with glass panels sliding into one another like bifolds, allowing one to sit under cover while embracing a breeze all around on a hot day.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms across two floors. The uniquely open plan master suite, on the first floor, is the owners’ favourite place in the whole house. The luxurious room features a free-standing central slipper bath on a raised platform, behind which is a large walk-in power shower backed by slate tiles, continuing the floor of the bathroom area. The other bedroom on the first floor meanwhile has its own ensuite.

The second floor, which hosts quirky dormer windows and vaulted ceilings with roof timbers, has a bathroom to be shared by its two bedrooms, one of which connects to a sitting room that could easily become a study or a fifth bedroom as required.

Moving back outside, the garden, which was originally an unsightly building site, has become a French contemporary garden. Enclosed with tall timber gates from the road, it is surrounded by high brick walls and mature trees including oak, horse chestnut, walnut, and a monkey puzzle. The garden also features a row of twenty olive trees and makes splendid use of gravel areas and paths, with box balls leading to the paved terrace outside the sitting room. There is also a painted timber summer house and a gate on to the river.

While they love the property, the owners are now looking to sell, seeking out a new project. The Old Maltings is on the market with Fine & Country for £750,000. To see this piece in full, read the November edition of Lincolnshire Today here.

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