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- Lory Bupp, Staff Member
it's just a bit embarrassing when you tell people where you live the front of the house is depressing for me i do feel a sense of dreadful shame across the country there are people stuck with an embarrassing problem there's no curb appeal there's nothing nice on the outside of the house it is a bit of a i thought that's a nice reading i feel for the neighbors really and these aren't just the unlucky few thousands of us feel burdened with houses that are dated and dreary but a fresh eye can transform even the ugliest house into a dream home the role of an architect is to bring a client's thoughts and hopes and dreams to life and then give them so much more i'm given the owners of some of britain's ugliest houses the services of some of our most talented architects keeping clients happy can be extremely difficult it's a game of trust they're more used to working on grand schemes with budgets to match seoul with money tight the budget has been blown out of the water really and ambitions high delivering a vision that everyone can be happy with won't be easy i know you've got a breakfast here to make an omelette but we weren't expecting to break that many eggs to make this chances are something has got to backfire i just don't want to end up with something that looks rubbish but if they get it right they'll prove that great architecture doesn't have to cost the earth when you drive up onto the drive knife i sit in the car thinking oh my god that's my new home how much do you love it i think i love it well i love him you might think that housing estates were a relatively recent invention but here in nottingham a 150 acre deer park was turned into a huge development in the 1850s giant red brick mansions and manicured public spaces made this a very desirable place to live now as an architect when you're presented with so much consistent design you can go one of two ways you can design something very contemporary and markedly different or you can take your cue from the surrounding buildings and try to blend in so the question has to be what on earth were the planners thinking when they approved this it's just ugly not in keeping with the surroundings carved out of the back garden of one of the neighboring properties in the 1980s and dominated by its two garages it has all the charm of an industrial estate lock-up a friend actually came down the road and said andy can't live in a house like she didn't think it was my house because she didn't think i'd live it the outside it's just a horrible nasty red brick two horrible flat windows double garage nasty wood effect front door in spite of its problems midwifery sister mandy bought the house for 397 000 pounds six months ago haven't always wanted to live in the park i love going for a run and seeing all the beautiful architecture and i just feel sorry for people who opposite me they're looking at my ugly horrible house and i've i've got the best views the park is is such a beautiful area i do think this particular house maybe does let the side down and isn't entirely in keeping with the other properties it's truly hideous a stick of dynamite would improve it immeasurably in my opinion squashed into the hillside mandy's house also has a topsy-turvy layout with bedrooms on the ground floor and living accommodation above it generally feels quite a dark house even though it should be really light and sunny i don't necessarily need more space i think it's just a better design what a door mandy hi george nice to see you how are you coming out let's have a bigger look at your house it's slightly embarrassing are you embarrassed by it yeah absolutely absolutely so why did you buy it because it had three cool sized bedrooms and a big ensuite and the living room was quite spacious and it had potential well it's got a lot of potential there's no doubt about that i can't believe that someone actually specified that brick it's awful i like that red brick that red brick is gorgeous it's fascinating as well how you can have this lovely piece of victoriana yeah with beautiful brickwork and lovely detailing and then at a later date they've got let's just spill something really ugly next to it and then i've just noticed your staggeringly awful conservatory and it's not like it's a kind of side extension or a rear extension it's a full blown front of house conservatory it is the outside is very bad is the inside worse no the inside is better is it good surprisingly come on on the ground floor of a narrow hallway are the bedrooms for two of mandy's three children and at the back is her master bedroom with its own very large ensuite so this is it this is it home sweetheart oh my god it's dark it's very dark it's really dark it's known up to a light and because it's built into the slope you've got a solid back wall there yeah it starts to feel like a bit of a dungeon down here can we go up your very narrow steep dangerous staircase thank you about my head as well the stairs lead up and out onto the living room behind which is a porky kitchen and semi-open plan dining room with the only doors directly onto the garden the tacked onto the front is the ugly and very out of place conservatory it's awful it's honestly it's one of the worst concerns i've ever seen in my whole life thanks the materials are completely wrong this roof is just it's greenhouse stuff it is well i'm not surprised it's got underfloor heating has it does it work i don't really know how to turn it on the property does have one saving grace a large amount of outside space the stepped grassy garden at the back of the house at the side a small patio with steps down to a ground level mini courtyard and above a bridge which leads onto the flat roofs of mandy's garages the problem is it all feels disconnected from the house rendering a tantamount to useless oh my word you can't access it from the kitchen the kitchen's in there somewhere you come out onto a brick wall i can't imagine this ever really gets used no another terrace yeah with dining and then this must be the flat roofs of your garages yeah thank you you know you really want to be able to link those internal spaces to this fantastic outside space yeah yeah absolutely what's your budget about 8 000. is that the absolute limit there is a bit full continuity it's always gonna have a bit of contingency yeah you could sound like conservative for about eight quid just to top your budget up if you need to okay well budget it's eight eight two thousand and eight pounds i'll be honest this is a really difficult plot to build on and the existing house makes no use whatsoever of those fantastic terrorist opportunities to the side and being able to link the inside of the house to the outside some people might actually consider demolishing the house completely but i don't think you have to it's got a lot of potential you just need a fantastic creative architect because good ones are worth their weight in goals sheffield based architects howard evans and prue childs have a talent for unlocking the problems of unfashionable and disused buildings to create stylish comfortable homes this project more than any ot
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- Lory Bupp
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