Taking the old to create the new

Taking the old to create the new

New build homes in the centre of Winchester are a decreasingly common occurrence but, in a project handled sensitively, they can effectively be created by breathing fresh life into older properties.

A good example of how to achieve such an outcome is just being launched on the Upper High Street in Winchester where local developers Williams Ewan have used their familiarity with the city and its needs to create two apartments with the real bonus of private gardens.

“The directors at Williams Ewan have lived in Winchester all their lives and have a keen appreciation of what the city needs and how to create schemes in keeping with its history,” says Chris Gooch, of Carter Jonas.

“The execution of the work to complete this scheme has been to a very high standard and, of course, top quality fittings and appliances have also featured from the start.

“An essential part of schemes to suit modern Winchester life, apart from kitchens bristling with AEG appliances, is installing Cat 5 cabling for television and media but the interiors also have their traditional touches with oak featuring for the flooring in the kitchen, the staircase, and internal doors.

“The first flat (guide price £475,000) has a large ground floor living room with a dining and seating area to the front and the kitchen towards the rear. From there, a turning staircase descends to the lower ground floor which has two bedrooms and a bathroom with a bath and double shower cubicle.

“The second flat (£425,000) has a spacious open plan living area with kitchen on the first floor with a corner staircase to the second floor and its two bedrooms plus a similarly-equipped bathroom.

“The beauty of these new apartments is that they are literally…