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Our house has such a lovely feel about it

Tara and Will Nash-Wortham turned an unloved and neglected house into a welcoming family home
A deep island unit and long dining table sit alongside the traditional-style framed sage timber kitchen units, from Wren Kitchens, finished off with oak worktops. The kitchen cost around £10,000. ‘The kitchen is the room I’m most proud of. It looks great and it works so well. It’s better than I hoped it would be and very close to how I visualised it,’ says Tara. The enamel water jug is from Dotcomgiftshop

Tara and Will Nash-Wortham, both secondary school teachers, had been looking to buy their first home together for some time, but finding the perfect house in a lovely area of Reading proved tricky.

‘We were initially set on building a house on some land adjoining Will’s mum’s house,’ explains Tara. ‘We had plans to build a lovely timber-framed property, but when we looked into the costs and the planning hoops that had to be jumped through we decided that the time, stress and budgets involved weren’t worth it. So we started house-hunting.’

Although the couple would have loved to buy a feature-filled period home, that wasn’t their main priority, says Tara, ‘What we ultimately wanted was a house that offered the potential to create a big kitchen diner and a master bedroom with an en suite. As soon as we walked in here, despite the state of the place, we just felt that it had a lovely feeling about it and it ticked all the boxes.’

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