I adore this little flat. From the way it has been decorated to the pretty pink walls outside. It’s a one bedroom flat in Bristol and it’s on the market for £350,000 with The Modern House. If the 19yo were studying in Bristol instead of Manchester….
But he isn’t – not that anyone is studying anywhere at the moment – but leaving that aside, this charming little one bed flat is spread over the ground floor of a Victorian house with its own garden at the back. Inside it has been pared back to reveal stripped wooden floors and original features which have been mixed with Crittal doors and windows and a minimal colour palette to create this space which feels incredibly calm and restful. When you can pretty much see the whole flat from every vantage point, a restrained colour scheme is often the best option.
But then you can do something like this on the outside which is just joyful. On a practical note it’s good to note that there is access to the garden from the kitchen too as you don’t always want guests traipsing through the bedroom to get to the outside if you are having friends round for supper say.
Back inside there is a clever mix of vintage and reclaimed accessories so the kitchen, with its copper sink, looks like it has been there for ever. But note that the island is narrow – no more than one cupboard deep – 60cm – and its length means that it can double up as a place to eat breakfast too – as long as the sink wasn’t full.
A kitchen island is one of the most sought after items on housebuyers’ wishlists but there isn’t always room for one. You need at least 1m of clearance all round to be able to move around it comfortably but it doesn’t have to be that wide. This one is narrow and there isn’t room for a table in the room – that sits in the bay window at the front of the flat – but if you can fit in a long and narrow one like this then you can potentially have breakfast at the island and dinner at the table which will make you feel like you have more space than you actually do as you can move around and sit in different places as the day goes on.
One other thing to ponder with a one bedroom flat. This one has access to the bathroom from the kitchen which gives you another door in the wall which makes one less place for furniture – or storing bar stools. It’s always worth seeing if you can move the access around although in this case – you are moving supporting walls so you would need an RSJ. But, if you look at the floorplan, you could either make the bathroom an en suite by moving the loo to the other end of the room, or you could push back the sort of lobby entrance to the bedroom and install a sliding door to the bedroom which goes along the bathroom wall. That would take up less space and then you could move the bathroom door along and if you made it into a pocket door – which slides inside the wall – you would have more space in the kitchen.
As I say, you always have to check the cost of these things as you don’t want to spend more than the property will be worth but it’s always a good idea to interrogate layout and see if it works for the way you want to live. And remember that if you are planning to live somewhere for a while then you need to consider what will make you happy and not what will sell the flat.
So, on the same basis, if you never have a bath then you could replace it with a big luxurious shower. The next buyer can always put a bath back in if they wanted to. Some people won’t buy places that aren’t perfectly laid out how they want them but if you ever watch Location Location you will also know that those people tend to be househunting for a loooooong time.
Here’s the table in the window which, in the current circs, would make a lovely sun dappled space to work and would mean that you would get to look outside all day and have your back to the living space so that when you turned around at the end of the day you would properly feel like you were having a change of scene.
That’s why it’s a good idea not to work at the coffee table if you avoid it as you will have exactly the same view all evening. And, if you work from the kitchen table, as I did for ten years and often still do, try sitting in the seat that isn’t the one you sit on for supper. At least that way you can vary the view.
Right who’s moving to Bristol. I’m pretty sure we don’t get the dog too but he is very handsome.