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Our family home is in the perfect location

Caroline and Simon Webster turned a neglected 1970s house into a welcoming family home close to both work and play
Grey cabinets and wooden worktops teamed with white metro tiles give the kitchen the Swedish look Caroline hoped for, while glass-fronted wall cabinets create a high-end feel, perfect for displaying her favourite crockery and glassware. The Metod cabinets and Hammarp oak worktops came from Ikea

When Caroline and Simon Webster viewed their 1970s house in Cheltenham, they couldn’t resist its close proximity to the best facility in town – an original 1930s lido. Despite being a little dishevelled and unloved, the house ticked all the boxes for the couple and their children. ‘We spend every spare moment at the lido during the summer months,’ says Caroline. ‘So having it on our doorstep played a massive part in our decision to buy the house. Plus the hospital is just around the corner so Simon can walk to work.’

The house had ample space for the family, with five bedrooms and a good-sized garden but two small, single storey extensions built by the previous owners had created an odd layout downstairs. ‘Although we could have lived with the house as it was, we really wanted a light, open living space,’ explains Caroline. The couple decided to knock down the existing extensions and build a new one right across the back of the house, with bi-fold doors leading out to the garden. Several internal walls were removed to create an open-plan layout that is flooded with light from the bi-folds and a conservatory on the sunny side of the house.

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Can you believe it’s June already? We’re halfway through the year and summer is here at last. We’re definitely feeling the sunshine vibes in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the latest trends for outdoor living, including exciting tropical brights, relaxed coastal looks and earthy tribal designs inspired by North Africa. In fact we’re loving the seaside look so much it’s been the inspiration for this month’s Trend Alert (p.18) and our craft projects too (p.60). If you’re planning to spend more time in the garden, then turn to page 66 to find our step-bystep guide for laying a new patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining. You might even be considering adding a new conservatory to your home so you can enjoy the views over your garden even when summer is fading. On page 106, we’ve got all you need to know about planning and buying a conservatory, as well as some great designs to inspire you. I know many of you enjoy getting out the BBQ when friends and family visit. But there are so many exciting new ways to cook alfresco, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest barbies, smokers, grills and pizza ovens on page 56. Plus we’ve got some delish picnic recipes on page 100 too! Talking of cooking, if you’re considering buying new kitchen appliances, you may be a bit baffled by the choice of A-ratings which are now available. So, on page 52, we look at what the labelling means and find some models to save you both energy and money!