I’m sucker for a black clad building and while I sense this one might divide opinion it’s so different from what, I assume, most of us live in that I wanted to take a tour to see what we all think. It’s in Broadstairs, Kent, and is on the market with The Modern House for £1,250,000.
The four bedroom house sits on the cliffs with access to a residents only beach and also has its own private outside space with an outside shower and double garage. Despite its black clad exterior (and you can just make out the matching dark bricks to the side elevation) the owners have chosen a sunny buttercup yellow as their red thread as you can see from the door frame below.
Painting doors and window frames in yellow is a recognised way of adding a bit of cheer to a dark space as it will naturally create the impression of sunshine flooding into the room. Yellow isn’t (as I have said before) one of my colours but I could totally be on board for this as a concept. If you live in a very urban space or perhaps a flat with no garden you could try the same trick with green.
Moving inside to the main open plan living space (there is a more formal living room as well as a downstairs bedroom, with an en suite) and you can see how the yellow filters into this room as well with the view out to to the hall, the chairs and the tiling under the table.
After that it slightly peters out in such an obvious form but the other element that is consistent through the property is the use of plywood, seen here in the kitchen but also forming part of various cupboards and the main staircase.
Now I’m not sure about concrete floors any more it looks cold although I’m sure there’s underfloor heating and concrete is a brilliant conductor of heat so I imagine it’s extremely well insulated and warm. I might be tempted to turn the sofa to face the woodburning stove and create a cosy seating area around it. Then encourage people to walk behind the sofa if they wanted to get to the other end of the room rather than creating what looks like, from this angle anyway, a passage.
This is the downstairs bedroom which has been cleverly kitted out with a fold down bed and a study area that disappears behind the pull out sliding doors. It’s a great idea if you have a clever carpenter as if you closed it all up again you are left with a square room that could be used as a sitting room or even a dining room or perhaps a playroom during the day.
Finally, we keep saying it but so far there’s not much real life evidence…. coloured bathroom suites are coming back. You know it. And seriously this green with brass accessories and off white tiles is a winner. Who’s tempted?
I really could be. In either pale pink or green I could definitely behind this as an idea. Anyone else?