I do love it on Grand Designs when people find odd little plots of land and turn them into brilliant and imaginative houses and this week I have found one such property. A three bedroom house arranged over two floors with split levels, created from a former mechanic’s garage in east London, this is on the market with The Modern House for £1,495,000.
Well I say two floors, but it has a roof terrace and a utility room in the basement but the main living spaces are split over two. There is also a bin store and bike storage on either side of the front door above so the kitchen diner, which is on the ground floor, is set back from the road.
It’s quite complicated to explain but you can look at the floorplan here and also you can see that although it is a house with lots of stairs they also serve to divide up the space and separate the spaces while the fact that it has been constructed round a central lightwell means it still feels light and airy.
The red thread is clearly black starting with the exterior painted brickwork and leading into the window frames and black kitchen. It works really well to punctuate the space and draw your eye to the central courtyard and outside views. You can also see that this black kitchen doesn’t dominate the space – perhaps because there are no overhead cupboards. I couldn’t possibly guess at whether they have enough storage, but you could add a couple of long open shelves without compromising the design.
This living room space is on the floor above overlooking the kitchen and leads, past the lightwell to one of the three bedrooms. The other two are below behind the kitchen, one of which is ensuite, the other only has access to a bathroom via this bedroom so if you’re buying it it might be better as a home office as the current occupants have done (and that’s definitely going to be more of a thing after this) or a second living space.
We’ll gloss over the rug island to pause by the coffee tables. I mentioned, earlier in the week that you can absolutely make a group of tables if you can’t find one big enough that you like and this has been done there. That way you can move them around as you need them or arrange them in the middle. It’s possible that the third of the set is at the end of the sofa with the plant on top. For a similar table try the Norr 11 Duke which is a set of tray tables in different sizes and heights. The top is a removable tray (watch out for smalls leaning on them) and the base can stand tall or lie sideways so you can vary the heights.
Many modern/newly built houses can be cold looking – I will never understand the mania for large square floor tiles that look like pavements when we live in a cold climate. The Mediterranean this ain’t but this wooden parquet flooring is not only warm underfoot it’s also warm to look at and the texture contrasts with the ultra modern windows and exposed bricks outside.
The colours, from the rich green sofa to the deep terracotta shades fading to pink in the bedroom, also help to make this house warm and cosy despite the lack of curtains which certainly aren’t needed for privacy or, since it’s a new-build, for draughts.
I’m interested to know if you also think it feels warm and cosy despite all the large windows and hard floors. The bedroom below isn’t huge but it appears more spacious as the bedside tables are actually shelves so you see more floor space and the tall lamps aren’t taking up space that you need to fill with books you haven’t read and tissues to mop up the water you will spill in the dark.
This bedroom leads through to an en suite bathroom and that mirror, which looks like a porthole window, is taking the light from the courtyard opposite and bouncing it back into the room.
Anyone fancy moving in here with their fantasy lottery money this week? I really rather like it.