The house has been transformed
The homeowner has worked their magic on the property after buying it back in 2017 and, in those four years, has transformed it hugely. Wales Online details the modern fixtures and fittings that have made this property the dream country pad.
Set near rolling fields and rural hedgerows near Newport, south Wales, the five-bedroom home called Penthouse is now on the market for a guide price of £575,000.
Entering the attractive home, down the substantial driveway and past the integrated garage, and the spacious hall gives you a flavour of the light, modern and soft-toned decor that awaits you.
Wood flooring, soft grey walls, simple Scandi-style accessorises, and modern, comfortable furniture welcome you to the home and continue throughout the spaces.
The choice of a glass panelled door between the hall and kitchen diner at the rear of the property is a wise one, as it tempts anyone in the hall with glimpses of the inviting space beyond, as well as sharing light between the rooms.
This is how the house looked in 2017
The house has impressive views
So, giving in to temptation and wandering into the area at the back of the house, the room delivers on the promise of a lovely space that was suggested by views through the glass door.
An open-plan kitchen, dining and family space rewards you with attractive views of the modern and tasteful decor inside and spectacular views of the countryside outside, via multiple windows and doors.
Gone are the brown units to be replaced by pale grey Shaker-style and a wood worktop that adds visual warmth and texture.
Gone are three walls too, creating this sociable open-plan space of kitchen, diner and playroom to replace the three separate rooms of kitchen, rear sitting room and formal dining room that was the floorplan back in 2017.
A central column still remains, obviously for structural reasons, but encasing it within a kitchen island is a smart move, making the island the central feature in the room, not the column.
The kitchen looks modern and luxurious
The old kitchen was tired and dated
Adding a breakfast bar to the island creates an extra area of interest as well as the perfect spot to interrupt the cook, but this generous space can also accommodate a family-sized table and chairs plus a sofa, overlooking the patio via a set of sliding doors.
The doors will almost certainly be a bonus feature too for a potential buyer, creating the indoor outdoor connection currently so popular with house hunters.
From the kitchen table the views of the rural vista outside is totally distracting and absorbing and might mean your lunch goes cold.
The property is expected to sell for £575,000
The makeover was an extensive project
Off the kitchen is a handy utility room, also boasting the pretty, modern decor, and off the dining area is a handy children’s playroom.
This is also a clever space, as not only is it connected to the ‘heart of the home’ kitchen it is only partially connected.
By not knocking the whole wall down and instead opening the doorway to double-width creates a perfect ‘broken-plan’ floorplan.
Children can be playing in this playroom, safely connected to the kitchen while the adults work or socialise, but are in their own dedicated space meaning they are less likely to cause any chaos in the adjoining room.
It also means the toys are tucked away out of sight from most of the kitchen and, with clever storage, are unlikely to invade the kitchen diner space.
The property was stuck in thr ’80s
The property has a lovely kitchen diner family space
At the front of the property a generous and separate sitting room is the perfect blend between cosy winter evenings and balmy summer days, with a log burner at one end and sliding doors out onto the garden terrace at the other.
The dual aspect space boasts light flooding in from both sides, as well as the incredible rural views flooding in, creating a ‘living mural’ landscape across most of the end wall, framed by the sliding doors.
The downstairs accommodation includes a cloakroom and if a new owner is looking for even more space, maybe for a home office or hobby room, the integrated garage is the obvious space to target with a conversion, as well as the attic.
Upstairs, all the walls have survived the modern makeover but all rooms have been welcomed to the new decor of the soft and calm colour palette, tactile and luxurious fabrics, and mainly classic design furniture, fixtures and fittings.
The master bedroom can be found at the front of the property, above the main sitting room, as it too can boast dual aspect views.
The master leads into a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom that has shared access with bedroom five.
One of the five bedrooms in the home
Bedroom five is currently a nursery but could be integrated into a huge master suite
However, should a new owner want to keep this bonus bathroom to themselves and not share with Jack, Jill or anyone else, then it is a simple job to block up the door to bedroom five to create a dedicated master bedroom ensuite.
In the main bathroom the corner bath has been replaced by a corner shower and the remaining sanitaryware hugs the walls to create a generous space that so many family bathrooms in family homes cannot boast.
The first floor has five generous bedrooms, with the two at the rear enjoying incredible countryside views.
Should a new owner decide that the master bedroom deserves to be the main benefactor of the absorbing vistas outside, then bedroom three and four could be combined to create one very spacious bedroom across the whole width of the rear of the property, subject to investigating planning and building consent.
The bathroom was particularly dated
Of course, losing a bedroom can decrease the resale value of a property, but if a new owner plans to create their dream home for decades to come, they could make the rear of the first floor the ultimate master suite.
Oops, there goes another bedroom as bedroom five becomes a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room that then leads to the ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom converted to the master ensuite.
The two rear windows could be transformed into Juliet balconies, or if planning allows, a dedicate outdoor balcony could be constructed, protruding out into the garden and creating the ultimate, elevated location to make the most of the views of this home’s location.
So that’s money to spend, time to dedicate, and potential resale value to lose, but the result would be a master suite to make the whole village jealous.