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Award-winning architect Des Ewing has transformed this once humble home into a designer-led showpiece. Stephanie Bell reports...

Well known local architect Des Ewing has worked his magic to transform this stunning mid-terrace at 18 Bridge Street, Killyleagh.

The interior has been redesigned and completely refurbished to create a home of substance and style.

Outside the property has delightful kerb appeal with a rendered finish and a terracotta shrub-lined path leading to an entrance porch.

A unique feature inside is the addition of an internal courtyard allowing light to flood through the ground floor.


The accommodation flows from living to dining to kitchen with a carefully thought out layout which also includes a utility area, WC and storage space.

On the first floor there are two good sized bedrooms and a bathroom all boasting beautiful design elements.

At the back of the house there is a large, mature garden with a private patio which has also been thoughtfully finished.

Painted sliding sash windows and matching solid wood door give the house a quaint period look at the front.

You enter into a porch where a traditional panelled and glazed inner door opens directly onto the living room.


Feature walls elevate this room with a mix of wood panelling and stone.

There is a striking Danish Rais Q-tee wood burning stove on a slate hearth and some fine finishing touches such as Weaver and Ducress inset spot lamps, painted timber stairs with French polished handrail and Sisal tread finish and a rich Elka engineered rural Oak flooring.

The dining room also incorporates lovely design elements.

There is built in bench seating facing a glazed wall with doors opening to the internal courtyard.


Three sophisticated pendant lights hang where your dining table will sit and this room is also finished with beautiful Elka engineered Oak flooring.

The utility room is already well kitted out for you with an integrated fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

A modern cloakroom is finished with an exposed stone wall and fitted with a striking Duravit Vero basin with mirror and Elka engineered flooring.

Exposed stone walls contrast against modern painted units to create a designer look in the kitchen.


Designed by the architect, the units were made locally by Function Design and feature contemporary petrol blue flush doors with concealed shark fin handles and Quartz worktops.

There is an inset stainless steel sink with Flanagan Oblique filter mixer tap, a stainless steel built in electric oven and integrated hob, under counter fridge, integrated dishwasher, a lovely illuminated 'continuous' shelf and a glazed brick-style continuous splash back.

The room also incorporates storage units with fitted bench seating and there is a vaulted ceiling with track spot lights and two roof lights.

Elka engineered oak flooring finishes this high end look and hardwood painted French doors open to a patio.

The internal courtyard is a tranquil and private space with timber clad walls, pea gravel with a large tree adding a splash of greenery.

The property's main utilities are housed in a plant room here which is hidden behind cleverly concealed electrically locked doors. Inside there is a high efficiency Warmflow condensing boiler and an Albion ultra steel cylinder with mains water controls.


Upstairs the bedrooms have a similar high level of finish. One of the bedrooms overlooks the front and the back bedroom features a lovely tongue and groove wall.

The bathroom is simply stunning with contemporary high end sanitary ware set against a lovely exposed natural stone wall.


There is a black illuminated circular mirror, centrally heated towel rail, wet room shower with drench head and glass screen, a sleek wall mounted vanity unit with porcelain handle mixer tap and a beautiful free standing 'Belgravia by Charlotte Edwards' bath.

This room is bright with both a sliding sash window and roof light and Ergon tiles on the floor and in the shower finish the modern style.

Outside this home also delights and offers lots of space. The front garden is planted in a cottage style with a lawn and decorative metal gate.

As well as the inner courtyard, the back garden has been given a designer look. It is finished with a quarry tiled patio salvaged from an original scullery floor and this space is fitted with low level spot lamps set in perimeter planting beds.

A Roger Pradier lamp on the French doors creates another feature and there is a built in bench and stone walls salvaged from an original outbuilding.


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