Stunning from the outside, this 16th-century timber framed country home was in need of renovation when Kerrie Griffin-Rogers and her daughters moved in. The whole house seemed to be facing the wrong way, with the front door, strangely, positioned at the side of the house. The utility room was bigger than the kitchen, and the kitchen was dark and dated with a serving hatch into the dining room.
So the layout was reworked, the kitchen repositioned centrally at the heart of the house, the stairs were relocated, and a partition wall was knocked down to make the kitchen open plan to a light and spacious garden room.
Owner: Kerrie Griffin-Rogers, who lives here with her 14-year-old daughter Jasmin. Kerrie’s 20-year-old daughter Hannah is currently studying in America. Kerrie runs three businesses: The Interior Co, fashion company Feathers of Italy, and Turtledove Hide Away, a luxury holiday cottage for two
Property: A 500-year-old brick and oak-frame country cottage in Shropshire, with some later additions. The property is not listed
Essential repairs: The cottage had been mostly well maintained when Kerrie moved in, although the décor was dated
Layout: Kerrie has completely reconfigured the downstairs layout, moving the staircase, front door and kitchen to improve the flow