A ramshackle bakery and detached baker’s house in the south of Cambridge was converted into a splendid family home. The bakery building, more recently used as a launderette, was disused and boarded up. The two-up two-down free standing house had been privately rented and was in very poor condition. The two buildings were stranded behind a parade of shops within a sea of car parking at the end of a tar mac drive. As separate units the two existing buildings had little obvious appeal. The commercial property suffered from being hidden away beyond the shopping street, and the house was small and lacked privacy. As a place to live it had little going for it – or that was the general perception!