On the site of this beautiful family home tucked away in the rural Essex countryside was previously an unused farm and cattle shed.
Mr & Mrs Mason bought the plot in 2012 with the view of converting a tired, old farm into something spectacular for their family. “From the very beginning of the project and what feels like ever since, we have had a torrid time overcoming objections from the local council regarding every stage of our project. It took us quite a while initially to gain approval for the build”, Mrs Mason explains.
To help design their dream home, the Masons brought an architect on board to assist with the plans and drawings. As this was their first project of this kind, having a locally renowned architect on board was essential in providing advice and expertise and gaining approval from the local council.
The land has now been completely transformed, the former farm now replaced with a beautifully proportioned, and excellently styled home, with a generously sized garden for their 5 dogs.
As the Masons had the luxury of designing their home from scratch, Mrs Mason ensured that her new home featured sash windows. “I’ve always loved sash windows, so this house had to have them!”
Luckily, the project’s architect knew precisely where the Masons should turn to for their new windows. “The architect told us, ‘If you want sash windows, then they have to come from Mumford & Wood, no one else can compare.’ Based on that firm recommendation, we felt confident in turning to Mumford & Wood.”
It has now been 8 years since the sash windows were installed in the home, but as Mrs Mason describes “I love the sash windows, they are just as good now as they were from day 1.”
Multiple sets of French doors to the rear of the property as well as a stunning front door complete the look of the new home. The windows and doors did not go unnoticed in the local neighbourhood either as Mrs Mason explains “The front door gives the house a softer look which we were aiming for, and our neighbour even came over to tell us the exact same thing!”
The property also has a guest annex, but with windows and doors sourced from a separate supplier. “One of our biggest regrets was not using Mumford & Wood for the annex. In hindsight, we would have done this in a heartbeat as the windows just do not compare to Mumford & Wood.”
As the Mason’s children have now grown up and have various commitments with work and university, the Masons are exploring the idea of possibly moving to Somerset in the future to downsize. “If we do make that move one day, it will be straight back to Mumford & Wood for the windows there as well!”
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