Living the dream

Sally Lane had a dream. “I’d always wanted to have a house that I had helped design – where I could have things exactly as I wanted them,”

Approaching retirement, educational consultant Sally and teacher husband John decided it was time to make their dreams a reality. “So when this plot came up, we decided to go for it,” she says.

The couple sold their Victorian home nearby, moved into a rented house and set to work. Set in a pretty village in Cambridgeshire, the third-of-an-acre plot was home to a bungalow, which was soon demolished and replaced with a set of foundations for a contemporary timber and glass four bedroom house, ordered as a kit from German company Meisterstück Haus. Designed to be as energy efficient as possible, the house has solar panels, a heat recovery ventilation system and triple glazing.

“Top of my wish list was open-plan living – and a gorgeous kitchen,” continues Sally. “From the front door, the ground floor opens before you, with a double height atrium and sliding glass doors which make the most of the south-facing aspect. The space is full of natural light, and when the doors are open, it’s like being in Spain or the South of France.”

While the couple wanted a beautifully designed space to entertain (and to welcome daughter Sophie when she returns from university), they also wanted a kitchen that blended the stylishly minimalist architecture of the house with warmth and comfort. “We went to three different kitchen companies, but chose Nicholas Anthony because of the company’s excellent reputation and clever ideas,” says Sally. “I love the sleek design and combination of materials, especially the hot pink splash back which is so bright and lively.”

With the project now complete and the TV cameras gone away (the house featured on Channel 4’s Building the Dream), Sally says she’s spending her weekends relaxing and enjoying her new home. But more dinner parties are definitely on the horizon. “We’ve got the perfect setting now – it’s such a sociable space,” she says.

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