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Clive

Guide Price: £34K+

With plans all ready to update their Edwardian property in the centre of Cardiff, unexpectedly our clients found the house of their dreams for sale in the Vale and knew straight away it was an opportunity not to miss. The large house had been previously renovated in a very modern, open plan style which meant the generous, classic proportions of the formal rooms had been lost. The new owners were keen to bring a more traditional beauty back to the house, taking out the very modern fittings in the bathrooms and replacing in a more sympathetic style, changing the layout both upstairs and down to create rooms with a more balanced feel that suited the age of the property. The kitchen was moved into the former dining room which looks directly over the beautiful private garden that has fabulous distant sea views, a light filled space for a family who spend a lot of their time together cooking and entertaining. Opening up an existing chimney breast for the range cooker, adding in a traditionally styled window for light over the double Belfast sink and opening up the wall into the adjacent day/dining room created the large kitchen living space filled with light they had been looking for. The pale, pretty F&B Light Blue colour on all the kitchen furniture adds to the peaceful sense of calm in the room, picked up in the adjacent dining room for continuity. Quartz in a soft marble colour provides an easy clean surface around the sink whilst solid oak worktops on the island add warmth and pick up the colour of the stripped floorboards. With a double width food larder and a matching breakfront larder for appliances at either end of the sink run, the symmetry allows for brass wall lights either side of the window, casting a soft glow over the room and matched with the aged brass handles used throughout. A new induction hob on the island opposite the range cooker allows the couple to cook together, with seating on the island for family and friends to gather together for meals and coffee. The American fridge freezer is tucked behind the dividing wall with a bespoke tall unit alongside for the microwave, open shelving for books and the essential place for keys, letters and the day to day bits and pieces of family life. Prepping meals and cooking on the island, with views over their lovely garden has been a highlight of their first summer in their new home.

  • Aged brass handles for a traditional feel