March 28, 2023

McKenzielee Blog

Wicked Clever House Experts

Tour a Georgian country home with some bold interior choices

4 min read

Renovation is an understatement to describe the work Caroline and Neil Baldwin have completed on their beautiful Grade II-listed Georgian home. Built in 1801 in rural Worcestershire, it had countless features to recommend it before its renovation. 

There’s the dramatic curved bay window overlooking 15 acres of land at the back of the house, the sweeping cantilevered staircase, an elegant drawing room, spacious kitchen, and a beautifully proportioned dining room, perfect for sociable dining with friends and family. It’s features like these that truly make this property one of the world’s best homes.

Exterior of brick Georgian home with bay and sash windows and mature trees

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

An equally long list of essential repairs also became apparent on that first viewing but there was hardly a moment’s hesitation from Caroline and Neil. Their offer was accepted and before long they were working their way through the list. They moved in with their three young children, living in the midst of all the work with just one working fire and running water in one dated bathroom. They even survived six months with no kitchen.

External and structural repairs

Front door with white pillars and sports car outside and Georgian sash windows

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

The kitchen had to wait, however, as there were pressing external repairs to tackle first to make sure the house was watertight and structurally sound, including fixing the leaky roof. After the roof repairs came the guttering, then insulation, before every single window was taken out, repaired and put back.

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