A break with the standard Monday publish of Lovely Rooms as I figured you may need to be the primary to see the not fairly so stunning rooms that we’ll be transferring into in three weeks time. That is very a lot a publish of befores. I’m hoping the afters is not going to take too many months.
Should you have been right here on Friday you’ll have understood the explanations for this transfer. In brief we’re downsizing, however I’ve, it gained’t shock anybody to know, plenty of concepts for this new smaller place. I’ll hold these till we’re in and positively till I’ve been spherical once more with the architect and the builder and a tape measure. However right here’s a flavour. I’m going to begin with the floorplan as a result of it’s all the time the very first thing I take a look at. You may change all of the decor (and we are going to) however the format is the bit that tells you if it’s going to give you the results you want or not. That’s when it’s correct, which this isn’t fairly but it surely’s adequate for starters.
So right here then is the bottom ground:
As you may see it’s lengthy and slender however, as I mentioned the opposite day, there are not any plans (in the intervening time) to construct into the aspect return. That is partly as there may be already an extension and I see no level in knocking one all the way down to construct one other that might give us the identical quantity of house in a unique a part of the backyard.
So the plan is to make this look nice inside the confines of what’s already there. I additionally assume it’s smart to have a downstairs toilet – partly as we shall be residing there as we become older and partly as a result of there’s no manner so as to add an ensuite or second toilet with out shedding a bed room and this home isn’t large enough to afford that. In order that extension shall be half pantry – and also you higher consider it’s going to look superb – whereas the bathe room will stay and be additionally a spot to dry laundry when the bathe isn’t in use. The plan is to tank it so it gained’t want a bathe display screen and the drying rack can roll out and in. And sure I’ve all types of plans for sliding doorways and and inside home windows and so forth.
The principle concern – and right here I need to urge you to keep in mind that the photographs are, in true property agent style, very stretched – is that angled wall within the kitchen. For months I’ve been pondering the price, and knowledge, of pushing out a tiny extension so as to add perhaps solely a metre however one that may permit us to place the fridge freezer on that wall after which run items the total size of the wall reverse. Nonetheless, a re-assessment from the again backyard yesterday revealed that the window behind the sitting room goes additional over than we thought which implies this may not be potential. That is the place the primary of the intelligent concepts might have to return in – I haven’t had it but and must get again in there with a tape measure and an architect.
I additionally plan to show that window – with the arrow pointing at it within the kitchen into French doorways main into the aspect return (which is a good width) and which shall be coated in a pergola and vines making a shady out of doors seating space. Once more, in the event you take a look at the image the window appears large sufficient to make this straightforward, however in actual life it’s a small window that may require widening, which is able to contain metal work. So there might come a degree the place it makes extra sense to widen the entire house reasonably than making tiny changes that, once you take note of economies of scale, don’t save that a lot cash. I haven’t mentioned this to The Mad Husband but who’s speaking about new home windows and boilers and different boring (however very important) issues.
Added to which, the existence of the pantry extension and the loft conversion most likely implies that permitted growth rights have been used up. This implies I may need to get planning permission so as to add a few sq. metres? That may price extra and sluggish issues down. So there are numerous choices to make.
The sitting room is pretty simple though, once more that angled door is taking on extra room than it deserves. At present I’m fascinated with slicing it in half to make a small double door in order that a minimum of it doesn’t take up an enormous quantity of house within the room when open. And in the event you scroll again to the highest (I do know you hate doing that!) I can let you know that what appears like a gray couch is definitely an armchair so that provides you a way of the stretch of the photographs.
I’m additionally pondering re-dividing the room with a set of reclaimed glazed doorways sliding right into a pocket wall on both aspect so we don’t lose mild however we’ve the choice of an additional, separate room. This may additionally imply re-opening the unique door into the again half of the room which I assume has merely been blocked.
Upstairs, the angled wall creates the identical downside within the toilet. If straightening it seems to be potential (by which I additionally imply reasonably priced) then that metre gained in each the kitchen and upstairs would add immeasurably to the best way the house may very well be used. Nonetheless, if it’s not potential downstairs then it definitely isn’t potential upstairs and whether it is potential downstairs it could price an excessive amount of to do it upstairs.
We gained’t be having an ensuite toilet as that center room shall be wanted as an workplace, a minimum of within the quick to medium time period. My older son can have the room on the again, with its roof terrace which will want reinforcing earlier than it’s protected to make use of it as such, whereas the youthful one, now at college, will take the loft. This has a barely unusual short-term wall blocking it from the remainder of the home and in addition blocking a part of the window because it was, apparently, constructed as a studio after which a lodger arrived so extra privateness was wanted. We’ll have to have a look at that too. Should you take a look at the plan under it doesn’t appear to be the wall covers the window on the again but it surely does slightly bit which is why we will’t make actual plans till we’re in and may actually study the element.
And there you’ve gotten it. As I say I’ve a lot of concepts to make it stunning and I believe it may be. However initially we have to see what, if any structural enhancements will be made and what they’ll price earlier than we will get to the gorgeous bit. However I hope you’ll be part of me on this journey and let me know if in case you have any intelligent concepts. As I say it’s arduous to plan till I can precisely measure myself – for instance – the fridge freezer may match on that angled wall within the kitchen. We would get a tall slender fridge to go on the wall that backs onto the reception (with the arrow pointing to it) and stick a small freezer within the pantry. The finances is small, constructing prices are excessive and floating within the background is the rationale for downsizing within the first place so we’d have the ability to realise an extended held dream of a spot in Italy.
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