When beautiful buildings become unused, they can fall into disrepair, be torn down, or they can become something new and beautiful. We're advocating for the third option, and we think you'll agree when you see how an old water pumping station became a home which will give you some serious interiors envy. The detractors will tell you that this is sacriledge, that moving a building away from its original purpose is worse than leaving it empty because it pollutes the overall legacy of the architecture and the architect themselves. But to us, great buildings are made to serve a great purpose over a long period of time, and if left empty, great buildings can fall into ruin. When buildings become unsafe, that is the greatest shame, because then there really is no workable option other than to tear them down.
This gorgeous jewel of a home is tucked away in Ilkley, Yorkshire , and though its exteriors are true to the origins the interiors are unrecognisable. Far from its functional foundations the interior now balances luxury with comfort and tops it all off with a rather large dollop of convenience.
The home now boasts 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and welcomes in lashings of natural light from every angle. The main lure of the property is its large, open plan upper floor which combines the kitchen, the living room and dining room. Sounding cramped? Think again, each element has been carfully considered so that the lucky inhabitants have plenty of space to stretch out without ever feeling lost in the large building. The bedrooms are reminiscent of luxury hotels with more than enough space for double beds, generous wardrobes and comfy chairs. And whilst the family bathroom is more than well appointed with its marble fixtures and fittings, the bathroom which accompanies the master suite is truly breath taking, with twin sinks, deep bath and a tv set in at the end of the bath so you can enjoy your favourite movies whilst you soak the stress away. The property also houses its own cinema room, so you can entertain an enthralled group of friends and family. Its luxurious appointment and warm atmosphere makes for the start of the perfect night in, the rest is up to you.
If all of this wasn't enough, this thoroughly modern home is also thoroughly safe, with state of the art security technology built in, including an infrared high security cameras, intercom systems and electric gates. The result of all of these efforts is this truly stunning home which you can happily raise a family in, or relax in whilst you entertain guests. Currently, this home isn't on the market, it was snapped up by a lucky buyer, but should it come back on the market, viewings are essential. We can talk about the splendor of this home, but it truly has to be seen in order to be believed.