29March 2012 (Staffordshire) - A NN and Ewan Munro have not sat idle during the eight years in their home at this surprising semi. The couple has put in a new high efficiency gas combi boiler, rewired throughout, put in a new fitted kitchen with proper slate tiling laid there and in the hall, hung new doors, installed double glazing, put in a new bathroom with a Jacuzzi spa bath, created a loft room, planted a magnificent garden and created a driveway for several cars.
The result is that the property at 108, Harrison Road, Norton, is a genuinely surprising and very appealing family home ready to be moved into tomorrow.
My first impression of the house is that it is very light. Ewan knocked down a stud wall erected by the previous owner so the lounge and diner are now one room stretching more than 26 feet.
With sliding patio doors at the back overlooking the garden and glass panelled doors from the hall and the kitchen and a generous bay window at the front as well, the room is flooded with light.
It is also the perfect place for Ann to sit and watch her garden and its visitors. She says: "It is full of life and colour. Squirrels come and feed here and when it is in bloom it is like having the countryside in the back garden. We only know we have neighbours for four months of the year because when everything is in leaf it is just a riot of colour.''
The modern fitted kitchen has a range of Shaker style base and wall units, all the usual facilities plus space for a washing machine and tumble dryer and a double glazed door to the drive at the side and back garden.
There is understairs storage in the hall and more on the landing.
Upstairs the master bedroom at the back of the house has mirrored built in wardrobes, there is a second generous bedroom and the third can be used as either a study or as a single and the couple say there has been bunk beds in there too.
Above them is a real surprise and delight feature because the loft has been converted into a wonderful room with Velux windows and is ideal either as a snug or games area for children.
The bathroom has been completely modernised with a Jacuzzi spa bath where you can enjoy a gentle massaging effect as you soak and relax and there is a walk in shower unit in the corner too.
One further benefit of this house is that Norton sits high up overlooking Stoke-on-Trent so there are good views over the city and as Ann says: "On Bonfire Night we don't need any fireworks here – we can just watch the sky light up below!''
Outside is the large gravel drive at the front and a garage/workshop plus a wooden garden cabin at the back and the well stocked and landscaped garden which has been designed to be low maintenance. The patio area also has external power.
Ewan, a plumbing and heating engineer, says: "This is an extremely solid family house, properly built and we have taken it to the next level with our modernisation work. It is in a great location, with good schools around, is 10 minutes from Hanley and on the edge of the Moorlands.
"It is in a semi rural setting which provides all the amenities of the city but and the countryside is just a few minutes away or, when the squirrels and birds come into the garden and everything is in bloom, is literally on your doorstep.''
The couple has only recently put it on the market at £129,995 and it can be sold chain free.