So here we are on Friday 13th and this house seemed apt. Not least for the picture over the fireplace but also just look at the setting. Feels like the perfect place to hide away and still be able to go outside for fresh air. Built in 1980 it’s nestled in oak woodlands in Surrey and is on the market via The Modern House for £1,450,000.
It was built for a horticulturalist who liked the connection between the modernist architecture and the landscape and the grounds include this woodland, mature apple trees and a sunken Japanese garden.
It’s already 2,300 sq ft (compared with the average new build size in the UK of 947 sq ft) but the owners have permission to extend the house by integrating the studio and garage to add two more bedrooms and a second living room.
As things stand there is a large open plan living space with sun terraces on either side and warm cork floors and a kitchen with views of the orchard. There are also two bedrooms and a bathroom on this floor with two more and a second bathroom and kitchen that was originally built as an annexe and has its own front door. There is a fifth bedroom up in the eaves with skylights that look out over the treetops and another bathroom.
So then what do we think. I love those large picture windows and the black frames really do frame the view in a way a traditional white one wouldn’t. The cork floor (brilliant for warmth and acoustics and non-slip) and the wooden ceiling add warmth to the white walls while the black beams punctuate the open space and help to zone the different areas.
This tucked away seating area is really cosy (ignoring the rug island) but I think, if I were buying it, that I might break away from the white modernist colour palette that goes with the house and add lots more green to integrate it with the outside. Now this could be in the form of a green sofa but imagine painting the walls of that area to create something more dramatic and cosy at the same time.
There are green accents throughout – like the chairs above and various vases and plants – but I think, given stunning setting that I might go further. And I would definitely paint this kitchen green.
This bedroom is small but cosy and the vintage wooden chair and dark window have helped with that. It could easily have been a cold white box but while the colour palette is restrained it’s no longer stark in there.
And you can see how the books and vintage Persian rug bring all the character to this upstairs room.
And then, on sunny days and lockdown days, you could sit out here with a cup of coffee and a biscuit and ponder. I have bought a stack of new notebooks and pens and we’ll see what emerges from the next few weeks of social distancing. It may not be official policy as I write but it’s unofficial in the mad house.
Have a good weekend everyone and if you’re feeling anxious do turn off the social media and read blogs instead!