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Birch ply and a big night out were the catalysts for kitchen makers Wood & Wire

Birch ply and a big night out were the catalysts for kitchen makers Wood & Wire

A mutual friend introduced Jim Leach to Tim Shillitoe on a big night out in Hebden Bridge. It was so “big” neither of them can remember much about it but they do recall bonding over a shared love of birch plywood. Their passion for ply and their complementary skills have since combined to build a […]

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New look for a hidden-away modern home in York

New look for a hidden-away modern home in York

This contemporary, hidden home in central York has been given a new lease of life and a great new look. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Gary Longbottom. When floods devastated hundreds of homes in York just after Christmas 2015, Mike and Beverley Proctor’s house was one of the worst hit. They had only just bought […]

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This cottage near Whitby is for sale and costs nothing to run. Here’s why…

This cottage near Whitby is for sale and costs nothing to run. Here’s why…

Neil and Denise Davidson are happy to admit that they will never get back a large chunk of the £400,000 they spent on transforming a run-down cottage into one of the most energy-efficient, eco-friendly homes in Yorkshire. The property is on the market for £695,000 with Cundalls and the Davidsons will effectively sell at a […]

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Turning a dated bungalow into one of Flamborough’s top holiday lets

Turning a dated bungalow into one of Flamborough’s top holiday lets

It’s so easy to be seduced by the most fashionable places on the Yorkshire coast, which is why Mary and Tim Walker initially concentrated their hunt for a holidayhome in Whitby, Sandsend and Staithes. Time dragged on and the perfect cottage in their chosen location eluded them so they extended their search area and spotted […]

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Historic home: medieval gem for sale in Sowerby

Historic home: medieval gem for sale in Sowerby

One of the oldest and most distinctive houses in the village of Sowerby, Thirsk, is on the market for the first time in more than a century. Oxmoor Farm on Front Street has been owned by the Bainbridge family for four generations and the distinctive three-bedroom property has a history that stretches back to the […]

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Dowsing and Reynolds store in Leeds could help save the high street

Dowsing and Reynolds store in Leeds could help save the high street

It’s easy to feel depressed about the future of Britain’s high streets but those who love “proper shopping” will find succour in the story of Dowsing and Reynolds. A Yorkshire-based designer, maker and retailer of homeware that is both original and beautiful, it built its reputation via its hugely successful website that trades worldwide and […]

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Real Home:  the house that dad built

Real Home: the house that dad built

Harriet Cockcroft knew exactly what she wanted from her modern cottage – and knew just the right person to make it happen. Heather Dixon reports. Pictures by Dave Burton When events manager Harriet Cockcroft started looking for a modern starter home closer to her work in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, she knew exactly who to turn […]

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The neighbours who self-built a pair of spectacular semis

The neighbours who self-built a pair of spectacular semis

It’s amazing what can happen when good neighbours become good friends. For Niccola Swan and Philip and Penny Wright it has resulted in a stunning addition to the architectural landscape in Wharfedale. They pooled resources to construct a pair of contemporary, energy-efficient properties that are a world away from average semis. Big decision “It was […]

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Artist and wallpaper designer Kim West and her live-work home

Artist and wallpaper designer Kim West and her live-work home

Artist Kim West is inspired by the wildlife near her coastal home. Sharon Dale visited her live-work apartment. Pictures by Gary Longbottom. When Kim West left college, she was happy to fly the nest to seek work and new adventures elsewhere. But it took leaving the Saltburn area for her to discover that there was […]

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People power: YorSpace to build affordable homes in York

People power: YorSpace to build affordable homes in York

A community-led bid to build permanently affordable and sustainable homes in York began in 2012 with a few concerned individuals discussing ideas. Many of them had been locked out of the housing market in a city where the average house price is now £250,933. Now, seven years later, their tenacity has paid off and the […]

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