Sara and her husband John moved to North Berwick determined to make the most of the wonderful outdoor lifestyle on offer for their two sons in the beautiful seaside town. Believing you should knit fast and die warm, Sara set up her now, very successful mail order knitting business, Castaway Knitting
Sara freely admits she is addicted to knitting and all things wooly, she loves putting together her simple but beautiful mail order knitting kits – all her own designs and she teaches knitting – join one of her classes if you are unsure what you are doing. Castaway Knitting really is the perfect beachside business.
They bought an Edwardian house badly in need of doing up, knowing the north facing garden was almost unusable when their boys were very small, thinking it would not matter because they would be out all the time. They were quite right, they settled quickly into the friendly community and were never in, as they had correctly predicted. The nearby sandy beach and the gorgeous local parks were too big a draw.
However, the boys grew up and started school, the house renovation progressed and Sara busier than ever with her her now, very successful mail order knitting business, Castaway Knitting found herself spending more time at home.
They needed space for her business as well as their growing sons, so undertook a major extension, cleverly connecting the house with the garden by adding a lower ground level garden room. The results are very pleasing.
The garden room is accessed by a beautifully crafted internal wooden staircase and it opens directly onto the garden, of which the sunnier end, furthest away from the house is now quickly reached thanks to the low level extension.
The kitchen gracefully overlooks the garden room, the window openings remain where the windows were originally, Sara and John deliberately left them raw and unplastered, feeling it was the perfect, most suitable finish.
From the cosy garden room, warmed by a wood burning stove, the garden can now be enjoyed all year round, from beside the fire in winter or outside in the summer.
A magical transformation from the steep concrete outside steps, which quickly iced up in winter as they saw no sun and led to a neglected garden where no one wanted to sit – you had to cross a sea of mud to reach the sunny end.
Throughout their home Sara and John have used brilliantly inventive salvaged finds for all sorts of interiors solutions. Their idea of fun is finding old anglepoise lamps and transforming them into contemporary, fitted lighting.
Wonderful – but don’t do this at home – John is an able handyman!