Tiny terrace transformed into palatial pad is for sale in the Golden Triangle of Norwich
PUBLISHED: 08:40 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 05 May 2018
The Victorians could never have imagined a terraced house could look like this...property editor Caroline Culot went to see 115, College Road, Norwich which has been cleverly transformed into a stylish pied a terre with its own loft style pad overlooking the Golden Triangle roof tops.
It might taken 11 years but my goodness, the efforts of the couple who own this terraced house on College Road have been worth it. Sheer hard work, weekends sacrificed and enlisting many members of the family has resulted in a Victorian terrace which has all the charm this period home offers but extended out and up to create loads more space and then dressed with panache to make it look like something more akin to the King’s Road than College Road. The house is for sale for £450,000 with Sowerbys and there is an open day today.
The result is a home which feels really contemporary and so spacious yet you still have the structure of a terrace in one of the most popular locations in the city. The owners, an architect and planner, had never attempted their own project but used their ingenuity and the fact they had a carpenter in the family to create a home which is so much more than the original house they purchased.
The main structural additions include the extension at the rear which got rid of the standard ‘galley’ kitchen and created a fantastic large, wide and long kitchen/entertaining/dining area which goes down to doors opening out to a Mediterranean style patio garden which has the prettiest non fruit bearing pear tree at the bottom, creating the perfect little umbrella as shade in the sun drenched days of summer (and yes, they are coming!)
Incorporated into this extension is a shower room and cloakroom which boasts glass block walls. What I love is the fact the couple really have done most of the work themselves, literally laying tiles and building floors - their dedication to this house is as pleasing to understand as the final product itself.
This house has a hall entrance and two receptions; the front sitting room has a Victorian bay window and is just so stylishly dressed with contemporary items of furniture.
In fact, you know this house is tip-top from the minute you approach it - its front little garden is immaculately presented and you enter through a shiny black gate. Inside, off the front sitting room is the most delightful second reception/dining room, painted in pale green and this leads into the massive kitchen.
But there is more of a suprise upstairs - on the first floor, you have two beautifully presented bedrooms and a gorgeous en suite bathroom with a rolled top bath but...there is a door on the landing which opens to another staircase.
This goes up into the converted loft - where the owners have ingeniously created a large space, currently designed as a study but which could be a third bedroom. Half way up the stairs is a ‘man cave’ where there is a level with cushions and books and then as you reach the top, you come into a large room with an en suite and the most incredible views from a Juliet balcony over Golden Triangle roof-tops to the Roman Catholic cathedral. It feels like you’re anywhere other than Norwich, in your own private space and it’s wonderful!
Throughout, the attention to detail is there; from the attractive different coloured round crystal door handles to the solid bamboo flooring, iroko work surfaces in the kitchen and solid oak flooring and outside, even the lockable store has a sedum roof. I loved it!
Contact Sowerbys on 01603 761441.
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