This week we are off to Bristol, to a rather fabulous apartment with 180 degree views across the harbour, three bedrooms above and parking all situated under an Ogee dome (yes I looked it up as well it’s sort of S-shape – see below). I’m sold already…
It’s on the market with Knight Frank for £850,000 and you’re going to need to come in because there are some clever ideas to see. Also I suspect, in much the same way as when I posted a tiny flat in Bath, many of you knew the street, many of you might have walked past this dome and wondered what it was like inside.
I’m giving you the link to the floorplan but take note that it will download as a pdf rather than open up in a new window and such is my current pandemic brain I pressed the button five times before realising). Right so as you can see there is a large octagonal living space for the kitchen, dining and living and there are five of these large arch windows round the room. The kitchen is at the back so you can stand at the island stirring your soup and gazing out at the view.
Two of the bedrooms, and a small bathroom are behind the kitchen while the third, with a large en suite bathroom are on the floor above.
Now then, although this room is mostly about the windows let’s look at the clever furniture. An octagonal, or even round room for those who have looked at Oast houses, can definitely present a challenge when it comes to furniture. Here the owners, rather than faffing around with bespoke curved cupboards (which I have seen) have taken the back third to create a straight kitchen with an island in front.
And yes to the ladder for watering the plants. Now this is a compact kitchen – four units across – very similar to mine – but when it’s located in an open room it won’t feel pinched and, crucially, you won’t be walking for miles between fridge and cooker. I know someone who knocked down walls to make a massive kitchen and filled it with an island that was about eight cupboards long and then discovered that all she did was walk up and down all day. She’s probably loving now there’s a lockdown and she can’t get out to exercise but it’s a extreme way to get the most out of a layout.
But the really clever thing is the sofa. Firstly, we are conditioned to put the furniture round the edges of a room which, in a room this shape, creates its own problems and in this case would also mean turning your back on these windows and that view. So the furniture had to go in the middle of the room and this is where they have been really clever.
The sofa, clad in wood to match the island, has been built in front of a set of storage cupboards. How genius is that? With a shelf along the back to rest a glass of something chilled and sparkling (or coffee) or you could put coffee table books and even plants to create a sort of screen from the rest of the space.
I think that’s so clever. And it looks comfortable too. I don’t know if any of you watched Your Home Made Perfect last year but the architect was constantly creating bench sofas with storage underneath that did not look comfortable. This, on the other hand, does. And if I lived in a loft (that was last week’s fantasy Friday) or even had a large open plan space (as opposed to a narrow Victorian one) I would be showing the carpenter this as an idea. What do you think?
Moving upstairs to the bathroom and before we go in I just wanted to bang the banning of the white paint drum. You can see here that the walls, door, skirting boards and radiator have all been painted in the same colour. This highlights the room beyond – and especially that window – and draws the eye in. The floor is also toning between the two so again draws the eye into the room. And you can disagree with me but white woodwork and a white radiator WOULD NOT LOOK AS GOOD. I don’t make these rules but I do feel they need enforcing….
Right in you come. The shower has been tucked tidily behind the door giving the bath all that space in front of the window. And no I can’t see any curtains either and yes I can see there are houses over there. Looks good though doesn’t it, even if the bath would be a glamorous clothes rail in my case. You could fit a blind – right up at the top over the window in the same colour as the wall so it would sort of disappear during the day. Or you could dance about naked in front of the window and not care about the neighbours – they are quite a long way away which, I suspect, was the calculation.
And, to finish, the view back the other way. I’ll admit to being intrigued by this – the hall is clearly half dark and half light and the doors have been painted in two colours. These are the two doors into the bedroom and this is taken from the front door. It’s quite a long narrow corridor and this would have the effect of making it feel like it was widening out to take you into the living area – especially when the doors are open as they are here. I think the calculation has been carefully made as to how much door you see when they are open and that has been matched to the white beyond to give the impression of a wider hall. Another good trick to adopt if you also have a narrow hall with a room at the end.
I told you this was a clever house. Anyone fancy it? And can we all come round for tea if you do?