See inside this 'Grand Designs' style home for sale in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 12:44 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 29 September 2018
It's an ultra modern home that offers more in design than being on a grand scale as it's just 380 sqft but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in style - even though it doesn't look like any of its period house neighbours. Property editor Caroline Culot went to take a look and find out more.
It’s by no means the smallest studio home in the city - but it could be the most unusual in that this funky crash pad is situated right in the heart of the Golden Triangle with period terraced houses on either side.
Number 2a, Onley Street, has been created by a former chairman of a retail design consultancy, turned property developer, who, when he bought a building that was a former bakery, decided to do something completely different with the space.
He has created a stunning studio, one bedroom property with a flat, zinc designer roof, floor to ceiling windows with contemporary blinds and inside, dressed it with industrial style, reclaimed light fittings and internal metal windows.
The result is a completely different kind of property, flooded with light from two additional skylights, and something which really looks in stark contrast to the period homes which surround it.
Jon Bunning bought the former bakery on the corner of Unthank Road, which was a large building which stretched extensively to the rear along Onley Street where it was just single storey, so with a gap in the line of houses, appearing, as he described it, “like a missing tooth.”
So, after gaining planning permission and change of use, he divided the building into three; leasing the front retail section which is now an Amnesty International book shop, creating a two bedroom apartment, which he has slready sold and then had a bit of a challenge with what to do with the rest of the space which had been originally the bakery flour store.
With clever designs and innovation, he created a teeny, tiny studio which offers a really contemporary pad in the heart of one of the city’s best loved areas in which to live. He paid much attention to detail because the property he was creating was so small, so at the front are wrought iron railings and a little gate, all sprayed in contemporary dark grey, and you enter up a couple of steps into the main living area which has space for a settee and this is open plan with a galley kitchen, but divided by a section containing the industrial metal windows. The galley kitchen has appliances, reclaimed pendant lighting and room for a small table and chairs. You’ve got a carpeted bedroom with a good sized in-built wardrobe and there is room for a guest to sleep in the living room if you got a sofa bed.
He said he had to work closely with the local authority but that the planning department had been very positive about the new look home.
“I like a challenge,” said Mr Bunning. “I like to look at things and try and do something different and I’m really proud of how this looks.”
Mr Bunning will be selling the studio, currently liaising with local estate agents, and is already planning on his next venture - so if you have an unsual space, he’d like to hear from you!
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