Sometimes, you fall in love with a home – and just don’t want to move. That’s why Peter and Margaret Black built not just one but two extensions, to transform a small bungalow into a very impressive family home.
The house, in which they have lived for 35 years, is now a U shape, which wraps round an attractive patio area.
Even before they extended, they were first attracted to the house by its spacious lounge, which remains a lovely bright room, with a cosy and welcoming fire burning brightly in an elegant , traditional fireplace.
“We were attracted by the space, as we had three children, two dogs and a cat,” said Peter, “We had to accommodate them all!”
Over the years, the house has also been extensively modernised throughout, with high quality finishes in every room. Traditional touches have been added, including cornicing and moulded skirting boards while recessed lighting adds a modern look.
One of the extensions added an extra living room, which was cleverly designed in an octagonal shapeto make the most of its south facing position so it catches every last ray of sun.
They converted the fire to a stylish, contemporary ‘hole in the wall’ fireplace.
At the heart of this home, however, is the kitchen which boasts big pull-out drawers. It too has recessed lighting and Karndean flooring which adds to the warmth of the room.
“It’s a very warm house so from an energy saving point of view it’s great,” said Peter.
“The centre table is where the family gather when they come round.
All of the rooms radiate off the kitchen, so it really is the heart of the home.”
There are four bedrooms in total, including the master bedroom which is en-suite.
The main bathroom is particularly stunning with a Jacuzzi bath and Italian designer suite.
Outside is equally impressive. As well as the patio, which is sheltered by the walls of the ‘wings’ of the house, there is also a barbecue area, hidden from view by ivy which is another “real sun trap”, said Peter.
The sloping garden is on two levels; original stone steps lead to a sunken garden, attractively planted with shrubs and professionally lanscaped to burst into colourful life in the summer months.
But the couple are at last admitting they need to move as they approach retirement.
“It’s been a fantastic family home, “ said Peter. “We are sorry to leave it.”
The property at 34A Larbert Road, Bonnybridge, is on the market with Your Move Falkirk at offers over £270,000