We’ve bought a house built in 1985 near the Mumbles in Swansea. It’s set back from the end of a Victorian terrace of houses, next to a wood that leads up to a castle, 500 yards from a greengrocer and a fishmonger.
Oh, and across the road from the sea!
We’ve lived here now for a year and our ideas of what to do with the house have evolved, with lots of help from Gil Schalom, the great architect who designed the refurb we did in Nottingham, which worked so well. http://www.superhomes.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Gil-Schalom-Binder-GSD-Architecture.pdf
This picture (below) shows you the flat roof over one of the ground floor rooms, the funny shaped garage next to the house, the porch etc.
The idea is that the pale surfaces will be a warm light-coloured render and the dark will be the timber extension and covered in probably dark wriggly cement cladding, or similar. We hope to vary the colours of the window frames. All these will have to be agreed on site with the planners.
The trianglular structure sticking out at 1st and 2nd floor levels allows for sea views from all bedrooms.
This shows the proposed ground floor including a much smaller bike garage behind where the current garage is (replaced by an area of garden where we can enjoy a G&T while taking in the view). The old kitchen will include the MVHR and the tank for the air source heat pump-heated water, and a shower to hose off the sea water and the biking grime.
Now to see if we can afford it!
Main things are to have great air tightnesss and insulation so we don’t need much heat at all. We plan a concrete floor downstairs with underfloor heating, and elsewhere just towel rails for heating. Intention is to only finish internally where we have to, with plumbing in place but a minimum of finished bathrooms.
What d’you think?