After finding one in Kent earlier in the week. I have found another 1930s art deco renovation project in Clevedon, Somerset.
Yes, two art deco renovation projects in a week. Pretty much unheard of. But I’m glad both have come along. This one is cheaper, but that might be down to the postcode. Either way, it needs as much work as the previous one.
The house, known as Number 72, is the former home of artist Doris Hatt, who was from an affluent local family and as a result of an inheritance, was able to commission this particular property.
The house was a meeting place for ‘radical activity’ in both arts and politics (she was apparently a communist), and as a way to gain influence and push her ideals, she also offered free art classes and gave lectures on art at the property. The Doris died in the late 1960s, so presumably there has been at least one other owner since.
Indeed, it makes sense that the house changed hands at the dawn of the 1970s, as the house has the feel of that particular era. The agent points out that the house needs ‘generous updating’ and much of that will involve rolling back a lot of the work undertaken in the 1970s.
Beyond that, it will probably need a detailed survey, a plan of action based on the results and a solid contingency to fund the work.
The annexe looks relatively recent (it seems to be the only part of the house that has double glazing rather than the original Crittall windows), but the rest of the house looks pretty much original.
Love the circular focal post of the house, both in terms of the doorway and the rooms above, as well as the angles and curves beyond, not to mention the balcony space via the upstairs bedrooms.
Inside is a tough one to call in terms of original features. I can’t see close enough to form an opinion, but I would say the shell is the selling point here and anything else is a bonus. Who knows what might still be there when you stop out the 1970s and later additions? And most people, of not all, will be stripping those out.
There are damp patches here and there too, which again would need investigating. It could be something, it could be nothing. That survey will give you the information you need hopefully.
But there is so much potential for something very special here. The space, the architecture and the history. Places like this rarely come along and I only hope the right person picks it up and does it justice.
As for the living space, that’s plentiful. Enter through the front door and you will be greeted by the hallway, which in turn takes you to there sitting room, which opens onto a ‘basic’ conservatory.
Beyond that is the kitchen with dining area, the former with Bernard Leach tiling and the latter with doors to the garden. Finally, there is a downstairs bathroom.
Head upstairs and the landing (with window) accesses a cloakroom, the first bedroom with feature corner windows and doors to that outside space, a second bedroom and a third bedroom with curved bay window.
There is also the annexe, which includes a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.
In terms of the outside, the ‘generous’ garden is described as ‘one of the biggest attractions to this property’, with established shrubs and trees, a pond, outdoor patio area and a design that guarantees privacy too. Finally, a driveway leads to a single detached garage.
As I said, this one is cheaper than the renovation project in Kent, but still not cheap at £620,000 plus whatever it costs to bring it back to its best. Good luck if you take it on.
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