I provided some nice pictures of how quickly our house was going up. We were shown around by Dan and Nigel. Work is progressing. This week the roof was sealed properly ensuring the house is now safe if it rains.
We walked through the ground floor of the house – Nick’s hobby room (with a pull down double bed), the stairwell, the shower room, laundry area (with pull down bunk beds), the master bedroom (where we will sleep) and the adjoining master bathroom. Our bedroom has a fantastic outlook – of the lake and the brook. This will the only traditional bedroom with a bed – Nick plans to make it – wardrobes, TV, and its own bathroom with a bathtub and shower.
Upstairs consists of two rooms. My sewing room; and the living/kitchen/dining area. Here is the view from my sewing space. Our house is the first to go up and there will be a further row of houses across from us. But behind them will be a further lake – for boating and fishing. This is going to be dug out on the other side of the road – surrounded at present by the black plastic newt fences. We will have a “boat house” where we could store a canoe, or park a car, and there are individual and guest parking spaces here too. So if we get a canoe it would be easy to pull it from the boat house to the lake at the front of the house.
With lakes in front of us and behind us, we might even take up fishing!
The plot does not have a garden although we may plant some pots within the edges of our site. Mainly we will be able to enjoy the roof garden (“sky deck”), effectively the second floor of the house is open to the elements. The square area to the front of the house (visible in the photograph below left) will be where the staircase emerges through a light well. It is a specially built feature of the house. It will allow light into the house but also to connect inside and outside in a creative way. On warm days we will have the roof shaft open – a bit like having a drop-top car! The roof garden is the whole length and breadth of the house – big enough for a party, and certainly perfect for eating outside and sunbathing. We hope to cultivate plants too. Obviously our UK weather is fairly poor most of the time, but when it is nice we have a reputation to getting outside, (stripping off) and enjoying it. We love barbeques and entertaining in the open. Below right Nick, Dan and Nigel look out from the back of the roof garden over the lack. The wide space will be filled with glass so we can see the water, even when sitting or lying down.
This week we have been discussing which stored-bed-solutions we are going to adopt. We don’t want the three “spare” bedrooms to look like bedrooms. The house has four bedrooms and we will be able to accommodate friends and family. But when Nick and I are there allow we don’t want to feel we are living in a hotel. My sewing room, for example, with double up as a bedroom, but we don’t want a bed obviously sited in the room. So we are looking at convertible beds for my room, for Nick’s hobby room and the third guest room will serve as a washroom/ironing area most days. So we need beds that swivel out, or drop down from the wall, or possibly turn into sofas or chairs. We have experience of sleeping in one of these drop down beds at my mother’s house, and while it is very comfortable the style is a bit retro, and not in a good way. There is a sort of “caravan” look that I can’t bear. On the other hand none of the sofas I have looked at appear to be comfortable to sit on (or to sleep in). Many of these items sacrifice comfort for convenience and we want a proper mattress so friends and family members can sleep well in the quiet countryside. So we are beginning to focus on pull down beds. We like these Italian bunk beds by Italian company Clei.
I wondered if anyone has a recommendation of a company or style of fold away bed. Also can you recommend a comfortable sofa that isn’t a bed? We have bought two sofas in our married life and enjoyed sitting on neither of them. Thank you.