A nice mix of the original and the new in this 1960s modernist property in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland.
Thanks to Neil for flagging this one up, which is situated in an area I have featured a couple of times before. Once with a 19th-century mansion and more recently with a stunning 1960s James Reginald Parr house, the latter making the cut in my Modernist Scotland round-up of the most popular houses in that country.
The house here is more in line with that James Reginald Parr design, although there is no indication of it being by the same architect. In fact, there aren’t any details of the original architect for this one as far as I can see, although it does seem to be home to an architect in the present day, which perhaps explains why this house still has such a strong look today.
This is far from a time capsule, although the house still has many of its original features. The current occupier (presumably) has preserved the best of the period details whilst updating elsewhere. It’s a strong mix.
The architecture itself has lost none of its character. The large swathes of glazing are still here but updated to something better at keeping the cold out (and the heat in).
I also love there exposed brick, the wood panelling (varnished teak), the wood and tiled floors, the oh-so-sixties room dividers, the internal doors, the open layout and what I presume are some original fitted units. Even the house number looks original (although I’m not entirely sure it is).
But look beyond the statement design and you will see a recently-updated kitchen, an updated bathroom, new lighting and a freshness throughout, particularly when it comes to the bedrooms.
A strong eye for design has reworked a 1960s house into something contemporary without losing the character. That’s not always the case when houses of this style are updated. This is a family home with a bold look.
Entry is through a distinctive front door leading to the open-plan and very spacious main living area. From there, you will spot the bespoke slatted screen, creating a partition between the reception hallway and dining area. The hall, lounge (with hardwood floor) and dining area combine to create what’s described as a ‘dramatic’ living and entertaining, all of which have views out over the garden.
Across from that space is the fully-fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and a separate utility room with access to a drying area.
A ‘discreet’ sliding door off the lounge accesses two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The lower level is made up of a further reception room with full-length windows to the garden. Off this area, there are three more bedrooms, another bathroom and the boiler room.
The house is concealed from the road and accessed via private gates which open onto a stone cobbled parking area. According to the agent, the gates and remote controlled garage are designed ‘in keeping with the home’s signature style’.
The extensive main garden is to the front of the property and is over several levels with ‘screening’ by mature trees shrubs and bushes. Around the house, there are paved patios and wooden decking which are described as sun traps and are ‘ideal for seating and external entertaining’.
So a lot of house, land and style for your money. Talking of money, this one is up for sale for offers over £550,000.
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